Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer

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With the entry of immune checkpoint inhibitors such as anti-PD1 and anti-CTLA-4 into the clinic, excitement about immune-based therapies for cancer has been growing. Three immunologists at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)—Zihai Li, M.D., Ph.D., Shikhar Mehrotra, Ph.D., and Chrystal Paulos, Ph.D.—discuss the promise of immune-based therapies such as immune checkpoint blockade and adoptive cell transfer and how the researchers and clinicians at MUSC are helping advance the...

Tools to help you quit smoking for good

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Download on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tools-to-help-you-quit-smoking/id431... 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.

How to explain a child’s cancer diagnosis

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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.

Study recommends a shorter course of whole breast radiation therapy

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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.

The danger of third-hand smoke exposure

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Download on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/danger-third-hand-smoke-exposure/id4... 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.

How to address body image issues in pediatric cancer patients

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-address-body-image/id43184821... 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...