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...

New approaches to preserving cancer patients’ fertility before treatment

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/new-approaches-to-preserving/id43184... 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.

New Mantle Cell Lymphoma treatments improving survival and response rates

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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...