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Cancer Newsline is an audio podcast series from MD Anderson Cancer Center. The aim of Cancer Newsline is to provide the audience with current information on cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.



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Jun 20, 2018 Jeffrey Gershenwald, M.D.
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In this episode, Dr. Jeffrey Gershenwald explains why this is such an exciting and unprecedented time in the area of melanoma treatment and offers suggestions on how people can reduce their sun exposure.
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May 7, 2018 Andrea Hayes-Jordan, M.D.
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Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare type of cancer. Although associated with children, the disease is also present in adults where it poses unique treatment challenges. In this episode of Cancer Newsline, Andrea Hayes-Jordan, M.D., talks about rhabdomyosarcoma in both pediatric and adult patients.
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Apr 2, 2018 Eduardo Bruera, M.D.
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Traditionally focused on end-of-life, supportive care is an increasingly important feature of treatment earlier on, even in an outpatient setting. In this episode of Cancer Newsline Eduardo Bruera, M.D., describes the services available at MD Anderson's Supportive Care Center.
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Mar 5, 2018 David Hong, M.D.
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In this episode Dr. David Hong explains how immunotherapy and targeted therapy work, how they are different and areas where the two overlap.
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Feb 12, 2018 John Mendelsohn, M.D.
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In this episode, professor of genomic medicine John Mendelsohn, M.D., explains how treatment can be personalized to target a specific patient's cancer. Part 1 of 2.
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Feb 12, 2018 John Mendelsohn, M.D.
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In this episode, professor of genomic medicine John Mendelsohn, M.D. talks about how biomarkers are used to determine which patients are candidates for personalized treatment and gives advice for patients seeking clinical trials. Part 2 of 2.
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Jan 8, 2018 Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D.
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In this episode of Cancer Newsline Dr. Sarah Prinsloo explains the process for mapping the brain and how neurofeedback can be used to treat chemotherapy side effects.
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Dec 4, 2017 Franco DeMonte, M.D.
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In this episode of Cancer Newsline we discuss meningioma, a benign brain tumor that can cause side effects ranging from decreased hearing to problems with mobility.
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Nov 6, 2017 Michael Davies, M.D., Ph.D.
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In this episode of Cancer Newsline we discuss melanoma when it metastasizes to the brain and the types of therapies used to treat melanoma brain metastases.
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Oct 23, 2017 Robert Orlowski, M.D., Ph.D.
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In this episode of Cancer Newsline we talk about smoldering myeloma - what it is, how it is detected and how it is being treated at MD Anderson.
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Aug 7, 2017 Elizabeth Mittendorf, M.D., Ph.D.
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Immunotherapy harnesses the power of the immune system to fight cancer. In this episode of Cancer Newsline, Dr. Elizabeth Mittendorf talks about how successes with immunotherapy in melanoma are being applied to breast cancer treatment.
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Jul 24, 2017 John Heymach, M.D., Ph.D.
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Immunotherapy harnesses the power of the immune system to fight cancer. In this episode of Cancer Newsline, Dr. John Heymach explains why he believes immunotherapy is the future of lung cancer treatment.
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Jul 10, 2017 Sapna Patel, M.D.
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Immunotherapy harnesses the power of the immune system to fight cancer. Some of the earliest successes have come in the treatment of melanoma. In this episode we take a closer look at how immunotherapy is being used to treat metastatic melanoma, from how immunotherapy works to how the side effects differ from chemotherapy.
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Jun 19, 2017 Mimi Hu, M.D.
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While cancer itself can result in remodeling or weakening of the bone and lead to fractures, some cancer treatments can also adversely affect bone health. In this episode, Dr. Mimi Hu explains the factors related to cancer and cancer treatment which can affect the bone as well as steps patients can take to support good bone health.
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Jun 5, 2017 Matthew Campbell, M.D.
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Instances of testicular cancer have been on the rise throughout the world over the last several decades. In this episode, Dr. Matthew Campbell discusses the current state of testicular cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as the disease's effect on fertility.
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May 22, 2017 Mark Schaverien, M.D.
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For those who suffer from lymphedema, compression therapy is not always successful in alleviating symptoms. In these cases, lymphovenous bypass surgery offers another option. In this episode, Dr. Mark Schaverien discusses this supermicrosurgery that is helping people with lymphedema.
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May 8, 2017 Leslie Ballah-Massy
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A chronic condition involving swelling of the extremities, lymphedema affects patients whose lymph nodes were removed as part of their cancer treatment. In this episode MD Anderson's Leslie Ballah-Massy discusses treatment, including self care options, for this chronic but manageable disease.
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Apr 17, 2017 Salahadin Abdi, M.D.
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Scrambler therapy is an exciting new advance in treating neuropathic pain. By scrambling the information injured nerves send to the brain, this new form of therapy reduces the amount of pain sensation patients experience, particularly those suffering from chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. In this episode, Salahadin Abdi, Ph.D., M.D., explains the science behind this technique.
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Apr 3, 2017 Salahadin Abdi, M.D.
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Dr. Salahadin Abdi discusses pain assessment tools and how they are used to tailor a treatment plan for cancer patients, treatment options that go beyond opioids, and the effects of new advances in surgery with regards to cancer treatment pain.
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Mar 20, 2017 Mark Schaverien, M.D.
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A chronic condition involving swelling of the extremities, lymphedema is most commonly associated with breast cancer but affects patients with other forms of cancer. In this episode, Dr. Mark Schaverien discusses the causes and effects of this disease which affects 16% of cancer survivors and 1 in 1,000 people in the general population.
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Mar 6, 2017 Alicia Gilmore
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A common side effect during cancer treatment, nausea can have many causes. In this episode of Cancer Newsline Alicia Gilmore, a supervisor in Clinical Nutrition at MD Anderson, discusses causes and remedies for nausea as part of cancer and cancer treatment.
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Feb 20, 2017 Lois Ramondetta, M.D.
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In this episode of Cancer Newsline, Lois Ramondetta, M.D., discusses prevention and cancer treatment related to cancer of the cervix. Cervical cancer is one of six types of cancer related to the Human papillomavirus, or HPV. For information on MD Anderson's HPV Moon Shot, visit https://www.mdanderson.org/cancermoonshots/cancer-types/HPV_related_cancers.html. Request an appointment at MD Anderson online at https://my.mdanderson.org/RequestAppointment or by calling 1-888-512-7249.
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Feb 6, 2017 Jennifer Litton, M.D.
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Should you delay cancer treatment if you are pregnant? In this episode, Jennifer Litton, M.D., dispels myths about receiving treatment for cancer during a pregnancy and offers advice to pregnant women who receive a cancer diagnosis. Request an appointment at MD Anderson online at https://my.mdanderson.org/RequestAppointment or by calling 1-888-512-7249.
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Jan 25, 2016 Sujit Prabhu, M.D., Ganesh Rao, M.D.
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Ablative therapy is used to destroy tumor tissue. In this episode, Sujit Prabhu, M.D., and Ganesh Rao, M.D., describe a new form of ablation called Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (or LITT) and explain its uses in brain surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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Dec 21, 2015 Amy Heimberger, M.D., Frederick Lang, M.D.
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MD Anderson's cancer Moon Shots Program is a comprehensive and ambitious effort to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer. Several new cancers recently were added to the program, including Gliobastoma. In this episode, professors of neurosurgery Amy Heimberger, M.D., and Frederick Lang, M.D., discuss glioblastoma and how this Moon Shot aims to increase survival and early detection in this deadly cancer.
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Dec 11, 2015 Dr. Wang, Dr. Champlin
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MD Anderson's cancer Moon Shots Program is a comprehensive and ambitious effort to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer. Several new cancers recently were added to the program, including B-cell lymphoma. In this podcast, the co-leaders of the B-cell Lymphoma Moon Shot, Michael Wang, M.D., professor of Lymphoma/Myeloma, and Richard Champlin, M.D., chair of Stem Cell Transplantation, explain why this disease was chosen for the Moon Shots Program.
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Dec 7, 2015 Robert Orlowski, M.D.
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MD Anderson's cancer Moon Shots Program is a comprehensive and ambitious effort to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer. Several new cancers recently were added to the program, including high risk multiple myeloma. In this podcast, Robert Orlowski, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Lymphoma and Myeloma, explains what high risk multiple myeloma is and outlines the goals of the moon shot focused on this disease.
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Nov 30, 2015 Cathy Eng, M.D., Erich Sturgis, M.D.
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MD Anderson's cancer Moon Shots Program is a comprehensive and ambitious effort to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer. Several new cancers recently were added to the program, including those related to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. In this podcast, Cathy Eng, M.D., professor of GI Medical Oncology, and Erich Sturgis, M.D., professor of Head & Neck Surgery, outline the goals of the HPV Moon Shot in detecting and treating several cancers caused by the virus.
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Nov 23, 2015 Scott Kopetz, M.D.
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MD Anderson's cancer Moon Shots Program is a comprehensive and ambitious effort to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer. Several new cancers recently were added to the program, including colon cancer. In this podcast, Scott Kopetz, M.D., explains how, despite advances in early detection and treatment, the Colon Cancer Moon Shot seeks to further decrease the number of colon and rectal cancer deaths.
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Nov 16, 2015 Anirban Maitra, M.B.B.S.
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MD Anderson's cancer Moon Shots Program is a comprehensive and ambitious effort to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer. Several new cancers recently were added to the program, including pancreatic. In this podcast, Anirban Maitra, M.B.B.S., professor of Pathology, explains the goals of the Pancreatic Cancer Moon Shot and why there's hope for those diagnosed with this type of cancer.
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Nov 2, 2015 Dr. Maria Cabanillas
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Although rare, with 500-800 new cases reported in the United States each year, anaplastic thyroid cancer is aggressive, grows rapidly and is not treatable with surgery. In this episode, anaplastic thyroid cancer expert Maria Cabanillas, M.D., associate professor of endocrine neoplasia at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains the importance of early detection and treatment for this unique cancer.
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Oct 19, 2015 Richard Champlin M.D.
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In this episode, Richard Champlin M.D., Chair of Stem Cell Transplantation at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains what stem cells are and describes how MD Anderson uses stem cell transplants to help patients with leukemia and other blood cancers.
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Oct 5, 2015 Eduardo Vilar Sanchez, M.D., Ph.D.
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A new study of MD Anderson patients diagnosed with colon cancer before age 35 found that certain genetic factors can raise the lifetime risk of that disease, from the average 5% to as high as 80%. Eduardo Vilar Sanchez, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Clinical Cancer Prevention, explains the study's findings, outlines the genetic syndromes associated with the higher risk of colon cancer, and lists “red flags” that would suggest a person should undergo genetic testing for colon cancer.
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Sep 21, 2015 Dr. Maher Karam-Hage
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It isn't easy to quit smoking, and often it takes more than one approach to be successful. In this episode, Maher Karam-Hage, M.D., professor of Behavioral Science, outlines several tools available to those who want to quit smoking for good.
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Aug 31, 2015 Dr. John Slopis
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Neurofibromatosis describes a series of disorders involving tumors developing around the nerves. While these tumors are often benign, their presence in small spaces can cause serious side effects and health risks as they grow. In this episode, Dr. John Slopis describes MD Anderson's comprehensive neurofibromatosis program and explains how the research being done there is providing information about cancer.
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Aug 17, 2015 Kelly Wagner
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Explaining to a child that he or she has been diagnosed with cancer is difficult for parents. In this podcast, MD Anderson Child Life Specialist Kelly Wagner shares information, advice and different approaches for how to talk to children of all ages about their cancers.
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Aug 6, 2015 Simona Shaitelman, M.D. and Benjamin Smith, M.D.
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MD Anderson radiation oncologists have found that a shorter course of radiation treatment for women with early stage breast cancer results in fewer toxic side effects and improved quality of life compared to those who undergo a longer course of treatment. The findings published in JAMA Oncology by Simona Shaitelman, M.D., and Benjamin Smith, M.D., indicate that women should be made aware of this option when making treatment decisions.
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Aug 3, 2015 Dr. Alex Prokhorov
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While most people have heard about the health danger resulting from exposure to second-hand smoke, few may be aware of third-hand smoke. In this podcast, MD Anderson’s Alex Prokhorov, M.D., Ph.D., professor in Behavioral Science, shares the causes of third-hand smoke, the danger it poses, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from its effects.
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Jul 20, 2015 Morinsola Keshinro
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Children as young as five years old can experience body image issues. When children are treated for cancer, these concerns may be amplified by changes such as weight gain, hair loss, or amputations. In this episode, MD Anderson child life specialist Morinsola Keshinro provides insight into the challenges young children, adolescents and teens face with their body image, as well as ways their parents and caregivers can help.
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Jul 6, 2015 Deborah Holman and Donna Bell
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Oncofertility is a fairly new field of cancer medicine dedicated to helping patients preserve their ability to have children. MD Anderson oncofertility experts Deborah Holman and Donna Bell explain their proactive approach to counseling men, women, and the parents of children with cancer on saving their fertility before treatment begins.
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A phase three clinical trial studying whole brain radiation treatment (WBRT) has found that in patients with brain metastases, WBRT has a negative impact on memory recall and verbal fluency. Study leader and MD Anderson radiation oncologist Paul Brown, M.D., presented his findings at the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists. Brown says the impact of whole brain radiation on patients' quality of life far outweigh its effectiveness as a treatment.
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May 4, 2015 Denise Nebgen, M.D., Ph.D.
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Some women with known BRCA genetic mutations are having their fallopian tubes and ovaries removed to lower the risk of ovarian cancer. MD Anderson gynecologist Denise Nebgen, M.D., Ph.D., is principal investigator of a clinical trial that is studying risk-reducing outpatient surgery options and their effectiveness at preventing ovarian cancer.
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Apr 20, 2015 Anne Tsao, M.D., Quyhn Nguyen, M.D., and Mara Antonoff, M.D.
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women, even those who have never smoked. MD Anderson researchers continue to discover genetic mutations that are causing lung cancer in non-smoking women and developing therapies to treat them. MD Anderson lung cancer experts Anne Tsao, M.D., Quyhn Nguyen, M.D., and Mara Antonoff, M.D. discuss the unique challenges in diagnosing and treating lung cancer in women.
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Apr 6, 2015 Lois Ramondetta, M.D. and Erich Sturgis, M.D.
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Available vaccines for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) have proven very effective in preventing up to 90% of HPV-related cervical, anal, oral, penile and throat cancers. Yet, U.S. vaccination rates of boys and girls lag far behind that of other developed nations. MD Anderson gynecologic oncologist Lois Ramondetta, M.D., and head and neck surgeon Erich Sturgis, M.D., discuss their efforts to educate the public and increase HPV vaccination rates.
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Mar 23, 2015 Jorge Romaguera, M.D. and Michael Wang, M.D.
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Ongoing clinical research at MD Anderson is finding promising new therapies for a rare and aggressive type of lymphoma that becomes resistant to treatment. Although mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) currently has no cure, combinations of new targeted therapy drugs are dramatically improving survival and treatment response rates for MCL patients. MD Anderson lymphoma specialists Jorge Romaguera, M.D. and Michael Wang, M.D., discuss these mantle cell lymphoma treatments and their search for new pathways...
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Mar 9, 2015 Smitha Mallaiah
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Yoga nidra (sleep yoga) is the state of sleep with awareness that is executed in the asana (lying down) position. Achieving restful sleep is a primary aid in helping patients get through cancer treatment. For many, slowing down the mind at bedtime is difficult. Yoga nidra retains your system to reach states of deep relaxation after stressful periods. Smitha Mallaiah, mind/body intervention specialist in Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains what research is being done at...
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Feb 23, 2015 Surena Matin, M.D.
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Minimally invasive, or endoscopic, surgery takes advantage of advances in computer imaging and robotics to provide effective surgical cancer treatment with a much smaller impact on the patient. Surena Matin, M.D., medical director of the Minimally Invasive and New Technology in Oncologic Surgery (MINTOS) Collaborative Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses treatment options using this treatment option for diseases such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer and gynecologic...
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Feb 9, 2015 Milind Javle, M.D.
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Patients with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), show no signs of the disease early on. Bile duct cancer usually presents at an advanced stage, which carries a poor prognosis. New advances in medical treatment offer hope. Milind Javle, M.D., associate professor in Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses new therapies for bile duct cancer, including, immunotherapy and gene mutation profiling.
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Jan 26, 2015 Ivo Tremont, M.D. and Karin Woodman, M.D.
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During cancer treatment, adverse nerve and muscular side effects are common. Unfortunately, there is no treatment that will prevent these conditions, but there are therapies to help relieve these side effects. Ivo Tremont, M.D., and Karin Woodman, M.D., both assistant professors in Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss some of the common neurologic and muscular disorders that patients may experience during cancer treatment, and what can be done to help.
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Jan 12, 2015 Milind Javle, M.D.
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Gallbladder cancer is often misdiagnosed as liver cancer and is difficult to detect early since there are no symptoms at onset. Approximately 5,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, but incidence is increasing with young Latinos in the southern part of the country. Listen to Milind Javle, M.D., associate professor in Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explain risk factors, treatment, and why it’s important to be seen for gallbladder cancer at a...
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Dec 30, 2014 Surena Matin, M.D. & Jermaine McMillan
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MD Anderson Cancer Center has a program focused on minimally invasive surgery that includes patient care, training for health care professionals and research into new minimally invasive and robotic surgical advances. Called MINTOS (Minimally Invasive New Technologies for Oncologic Surgery), the program also involves perioperative telemedicine aimed at extending specialized surgical care to underserved communities using mobile technologies. Surena Matin, M.D., medical director for MINTOS, and...
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Dec 15, 2014 Paul Gidley, M.D., Franco DeMonte, M.D.
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Acoustic neuroma is a benign (not cancerous) tumor that forms in the head cavity. Acoustic neuroma generally affects hearing, balance and facial nerves. Although acoustic neuroma is not cancer, tumors can be dangerous if they grow large and press against the brainstem or brain. Paul Gidley, M.D., and Franco DeMonte, M.D., both professors in Head and Neck Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss advances in treatment and detection of acoustic neuroma, including the use of MRIs and the gamma...
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Dec 1, 2014 Ivo Tremont, M.D.
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Leptomeningeal disease (LMD), which is also referred to as leptomeningeal carcinomatosis (LC), is a rare complication of cancer where the disease spreads to the membranes (meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Having a diagnosis of LMD may feel grim, but Cynthia Weisinger, a LMD and stage four breast cancer patient at MD Anderson Cancer Center, represents hope. Cynthia was diagnosed with LMD by Ivo Tremont, M.D., assistant professor of Neuro-Oncology, in October 2013 and is now...
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Nov 17, 2014 Ernest Hawk, M.D.
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You can reduce your cancer risk by following these simple guidelines from Ernest Hawk, M.D., vice president of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Many diseases can be avoided by changing your lifestyle. Learn what you can reduce your risk for cancer.
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Oct 30, 2014 Anil Sood M.D.
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MD Anderson Cancer Center now has a more strategic approach to treating ovarian cancer which results in a 68% higher rate of removing the whole cancer tumor. Previously, all new ovarian cancer patients would undergo surgery to explore the extent of the disease and remove as much of it as possible. Under this new protocol, all patients undergo this procedure to determine if chemotherapy may shrink the tumor before surgery. Anil Sood, M.D., professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive...
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Oct 20, 2014 Najat Daw, M.D.
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Wilms’ tumor is a cancer that develops in the kidney and is the fifth most common cancer in children. Generally there are no symptoms and Wilms’ tumor is most likely discovered when a large mass is felt by a parent. Najat Daw, M.D., professor in Pediatrics at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses detection, treatment and research for Wilms’ tumor.
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Oct 6, 2014 Timothy Thompson, Ph.D.
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The Prostate Cancer Moon Shot at MD Anderson Cancer Center focuses on: reducing overtreatment; combining therapies used in more advanced cases to treat the disease earlier; and developing new, targeted therapies (including immunotherapy) for patients who see little to no benefit from traditional treatment methods. Timothy Thompson, Ph.D., professor in Genitourinary Medical Oncology, discusses the Prostate Cancer Moon Shot progress over the last year.
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Sep 22, 2014 MD Anderson Cancer Center
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Lung cancer is being fought on three fronts at MD Anderson Cancer Center: prevention, early detection and treatment of advanced disease. John Heymach, M.D., Ph.D., professor in Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology at MD Anderson, talks about new developments in lung cancer research including advances in genetic mapping, molecular profiling, diagnostic imaging and lung cancer screening. With lung cancer being a part of the MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program, we have a chance to make lung...
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MD Anderson Cancer Center is the first hospital in the United States to implement a new technology that will greatly improve chemotherapy quality control. Our main goal is patient safety. Kelley Reece, assistant manager in Pharmacy, explains how this software helps standardize the delivery of care across technicians and clinics. She also gives a behind the scenes look at how chemotherapy drugs are individually prepared for each unique patient.
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Aug 25, 2014 Michael Davies, M.D., Ph.D.
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Cases of melanoma and deaths from this form of skin cancer are on the rise. MD Anderson is ideally suited to tackle this growing challenge because of our unparalleled resources and capabilities. Michael Davies, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Melanoma Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the recent advances made in the organization’s Melanoma Moon Shot program.
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Aug 7, 2014 Michael Keating, M.D.
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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is the most common adult leukemia. Michael Keating, M.D., professor in Leukemia at MD Anderson Cancer Center and one of the leaders in the CLL Moon Shot, discusses new advances in treating CLL, including alternatives to chemotherapy and using one’s own immune system to fight this disease.
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Jul 28, 2014 MD Anderson Cancer Center
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When diffuse large b-cell lymphoma returns after the cancer patient is initially treated, it is called relapsed diffuse large b-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). If this happens, other therapies besides the standard R-CHOP (chemotherapy drugs cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) may be successful in fighting the disease. Jason Westin, M.D., assistant professor in Lymphoma/Myeloma at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses these therapies, including high dose chemotherapy combined with...
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Jul 14, 2014 Jim Allison, Ph.D. and Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D.
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Cancer immunotherapy treats the immune system rather than the tumor. Jim Allison, Ph.D., professor in Immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, has developed an innovative approach that will open doors for treating all types of cancer. Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Genitourinary Medical Oncology and Immunology, is lead scientist on immunotherapy clinical trials. Listen to Allison and Sharma discuss their collaboration on MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program to develop...
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Jun 30, 2014 Guillermo Garcia-Manero, M.D.
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Acute Myeloid leukemia (AML) involves an overgrowth of immature blood cells, while myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) happen when the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells. MD Anderson Cancer Center is the world’s largest practice for treating AML and MDS. Guillermo Garcia-Manero, M.D., professor in Leukemia at MD Anderson, discusses milestones made with this MD Anderson moon shots, including new research with immunotherapy and ways to make stem cell transplantation less toxic.
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Jun 16, 2014 Naifa Busaidy, M.D.
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The number of thyroid cancer cases is growing each year and it’s unclear why. In the United States, there were about 60,000 new thyroid cancer cases (45,310 in women, and 14,910 in men) in 2013. Thyroid cancer has a high cure rate, but it’s important to go to a specialized, multidisciplinary center to ensure proper care. Naifa Busaidy, M.D., associate professor in Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses all forms of thyroid cancer: follicular,...
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May 27, 2014 Jennifer Litton, M.D. & Shannon Westin, M.D.
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The moon shot for breast and ovarian cancer focuses on two diseases: triple-negative breast cancer and high-grade serous ovarian cancer. Jennifer Litton, M.D., associate professor of Breast Medical Oncology, and Shannon Westin, M.D., assistant professor of Gynecologic and Reproductive Medicine, discuss several new and exciting projects underway that can quickly make a difference in the detection and treatment of these cancers.
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May 12, 2014 Guillermo Garcia-Manero, M.D.
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Myeloid leukemia (AML) involves an overgrowth of immature blood cells while myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) concerns the bone marrow producing too few blood cells. MD Anderson Cancer Center is the world’s largest and most innovative practice for treating AML and MDS. Guillermo Garcia-Manero, M.D., professor in Leukemia at MD Anderson, discusses achievements made with this MD Anderson Moon Shots platform, including new research with immunotherapy and ways to make stem cell transplantation less...
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Apr 28, 2014 Therese Bevers, M.D.
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The standard screenings for cancer are for breast, cervical, prostate and colon. For those in a high-risk category, lung, ovarian and liver cancer screenings may be recommended. Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of Cancer Prevention at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses MD Anderson’s cancer screening recommendations and explains the conflicting cancer screening reports
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Apr 14, 2014 Steven Frank, M.D.
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Throat cancer is a general term, but it is often used to refer to cancer of the pharynx and larynx. These tumors are becoming more prevalent in young patients due to exposure to human papillomavirus  (HPV) through sexual contact. Steven Frank, M.D., medical director for the Proton Therapy Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses how head and neck cancers, primarily throat cancer, can be treated using proton therapy radiation, while sparing nearby healthy tissues and minimizing side...
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Mar 31, 2014 Carol Harrison
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Is it safe to exercise when you have cancer? Are there specific exercises that should be avoided or are there warning signs to stop your workout? Whether you’re an athlete or have never exercised, this advice is for the cancer patient/survivor who wants to increase longevity through exercise. Carol Harrison, senior exercise physiology technologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers suggestions and shares information to help cancer survivors stay on track with their exercise programs.
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Mar 17, 2014 Banu Arun, M.D., Karen Lu, M.D. & Nancy You, M.D.
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Breast cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer are the most common cancer types that are tested for an inherited mutation. Banu Arun, M.D., professor of Breast Medical Oncology; Karen Lu, M.D., professor and chair of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine; and Nancy You, M.D., assistant professor of Surgical Oncology and Affiliate Faculty; all part of MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Clinical Cancer Genetics Program, discuss the role of genetics in cancer.
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Mar 3, 2014 Benjamin Smith, M.D. & Steven Kronowitz, M.D.
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New research shows most women receiving a mastectomy for breast cancer also have breast reconstruction. In 2007, 63% of patients received breast reconstruction, up from 46% in 1998. The new study shows women receiving radiation are less likely to get reconstruction; there are geographic variations for those undergoing the procedures; and more women are getting implants rather than using tissue from other parts of their bodies. Senior author Benjamin Smith, M.D., associate professor in Radiation...
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Feb 17, 2014 Paul Brown, M.D.
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Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the toughest brain tumors to treat and also is one of the most aggressive. Paul Brown, M.D., professor in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses a ground-breaking clinical trial that treats glioblastoma with intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT). Also in this podcast, Brown explains other new discoveries in adult and childhood brain cancer research and the importance of a skilled proton therapy center.
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Feb 3, 2014 Jean-Bernard Durand, M.D.
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MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Cardiology department is recognized nationally and internationally for its aggressive heart disease therapies not readily available in most communities. Jean-Bernard Durand, M.D., associate professor in Cardiology at MD Anderson, discusses how MD Anderson treats cancer patients with pre-existing heart disease, heart conditions that develop while undergoing cancer treatment and heart problems that arise after cancer treatment. Durand also explains why non-cancer...
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Jan 20, 2014 Leslie Schover, Ph.D. and Elaine Schneider,
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Sexual dysfunction is a prevalent and persistent problem after cancer treatment. Leslie Schover, Ph.D., professor, and Elaine Schneider, research nurse, in Behavioral Science at MD Anderson Cancer Center, have created an internet-based, multimedia educational and counseling tool to promote recovery of sexual satisfaction in men treated for cancer. Schover and Schneider discuss their program, including treatments for erectile dysfunction, and give advice for cancer patients’ sexual partners.