Articles by Dr. Kraus

by S. Terry Kraus, M.D. | August 1, 2016

It has been known since 1948 that cellular building blocks or nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) can be found circulating in the blood stream. Only recently has circulating cell–free DNA been able to identify cancers. This obtained through a blood sample. It has been called both “blood biopsy” and “liquid biopsy.”


by S. Terry Kraus, M.D. | June 1, 2016

There is no acceptable “alternative medicine.” In oncology, lack of medical care can be lethal. There are many cancer facilities that offer complementary medicine (which can include diet, nutritional supplements, acupuncture, exercise and medication) as part of the oncology therapy. The combination of complementary and traditional medicine is now called integrative medicine.


by S. Terry Kraus, M.D. | May 1, 2016

At least 35% of women with newly diagnosed and early breast cancer have clinical depression. There are times when clinical depression is not apparent. It can be exhibited as “emotional or anger suppression.” I have seen ladies smile and tell me that they feel “fine” and cry at the same time. Studies have shown that anger suppression is most common in women who are also receiving chemotherapy.


by S. Terry Kraus, M.D. | April 1, 2016

Lee Newcomer recently wrote a most provocative article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (May 10, 2015). A friend of his, “John,” was most perplexed by the treatment recommendations for his wife, “Jan.” The recommendation was for chemotherapy after surgery as well as radiation to follow. Both of them did Internet research. They both agreed that the radiation should be undertaken; however, they had questions as to whether or not the chemotherapy was required.


by S. Terry Kraus, M.D. | March 1, 2016

“How do I know that the hospital I select for cancer treatment is a good choice?”

Do your homework and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Marketing campaigns may appeal on an emotional level with “Miraculous!” testimonials, and they may focus on the center’s state of the art equipment. You should also look for quality assurances!