New solution for therapeutic cancer vaccine failure

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http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2013/cancer-vaccines-ch... Vaccines designed to turn the immune system against cancer have been logically constructed and tested against many cancers. Almost all have failed or shown minimal effect. They spark creation of killer T cells against the cancer, but generally have little effect on tumors, both in patients and mouse models. Willem Overwijk, Ph.D., and colleagues at MD Anderson discovered that a common vaccine component is...

Colon Cancer: Prevention and Screening - iBook

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G.S. Raju, M.D., wrote an iBook coverinag all aspects of colon cancer from prevention to treatment to survivorship. The iBook is available for free download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/colon-cancer/id603365489?ls=1 Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MDAnderson and learn from more experts like Dr. Raju.

Research aims to capture, interrogate single cancer cells

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http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2012/project-to-capture... Nicholas Navin, Ph.D., of MD Anderson's Genetics Department, has a plan to sort out the genetic differences among individual tumor cells at different stages of cancer development, then analyze and compare their active mutations. The results should track the evolution of triple-negative breast cancer from initial tumor, to circulating tumor cell to metastatic cell. This new approach, funded by the Damon Runyon...

Geomapping reveals environmental influence on behaviors and cancer risk

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In her research, Lorraine Reitzel, Ph.D., uses geographic information systems technology, with the help of Seann Regan, to obtain information about a geographic area. This allows her to better understand why people engage in certain behaviors and how their environment impacts health and cancer risk.

MD Anderson Physician Receives Award for Decades of Accomplishments

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Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., reflects on his accomplishments, thoughts on receiving the McGuire Award and where the field of breast cancer is headed in the future.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for lung cancer

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Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), also called stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), is a type of radiation therapy in which a few very high doses of radiation are delivered to small, well-defined tumors. The goal is to deliver a radiation dose that is high enough to kill the cancer while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy organs. Barbara Pool is one of six lung cancer patients per day who go through stereotactic body radiation therapy and she is the 1000th patient to...