African American women less likely to receive improved surgical procedure for breast cancer

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African American women with early stage, invasive breast cancer were 13 percent less likely than Caucasian women with the same diagnosis to receive a minimally invasive technique, axillary sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy, years after the procedure had become the standard of surgical care, according to research from MD Anderson Cancer Center. The older technique, axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), is associated with a higher rate of lymphedema and worse outcome. Dalliah Black, M.D.,...

Expanded umbilical cord blood shortens perilous wait for transplant recovery

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A team led by MD Anderson researchers finds that growing cord blood stem cells on a bed of supportive cells in the lab results in faster establishment of a new blood supply in patients who receive blood stem cell transplants, reducing the time when patients lack white blood cells, platelets.

Combined urology-radiation oncology treatment for prostate cancer patients

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Download from iTunes: Deborah Kuban, M.D., professor, and Benjamin Smith, M.D., assistant professor, both in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson, discuss a study examining the emergence of integrated urology-radiation oncology practices in Texas. They discovered prostate cancer patients generally travel further for treatment at the radiation oncology facility owned by their urologist, as opposed to traveling to the...

Incidence of MGUS and Estimation of Duration Before Recognition

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Dr. Terry Therneau, a Professor of Biostatistics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article appearing online first and in the November 2012 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, placing the surprising outcome among the statistics discovered in the study into perspective. Available at: S0025-6196(12)00634-9/fulltext

Incidence of MGUS & Estimation of Duration Before First Clinical Recognition

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Dr. Robert Kyle, professor of medicine, laboratory medicine and pathology, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article appearing online first and in the November 2012 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, where he defines MGUS and explains its role in the development of multiple myeloma and other blood disorders.
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Fatty acid patterns and risk of prostate cancer in a case-control study nested within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition

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Background: Fatty acids in blood may be related to the risk of prostate cancer, but epidemiologic evidence is inconsistent. Blood fatty acids are correlated through shared food sources and common endogenous desaturation and elongation pathways. Studies of individual fatty acids cannot take this into account, but pattern analysis can. Treelet transform (TT) is a novel method that uses data correlation structures to derive sparse factors that explain variation. Objective: The objective...
Authors: Christina Dahm