Breast reconstruction rates rising after mastectomy

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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...

Proton therapy treatment for glioblastoma

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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.

MD Anderson addresses when women should get mammograms

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Therese Bevers, M.D., professor and medical director of MD Anderson's Cancer Prevention Clinic, urges women over the age of 40 to continue to have an annual mammogram, noting that studies show women are less likely to die from breast cancer if they stick to the annual schedule. Bevers notes that the heavily publicized Canadian National Breast Screening Study was flawed from the beginning, both in the technology used and the way women were allocated to the arms of the clinical trial.

Novel cell-based and materials science approach to target Glioblastoma brain cancer tumors

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Stefan Bossmann and Deryl Troyer at Kansas State University are developing a novel materials treatment method for persons with brain cancer that uses a type of white blood cell to deliver anticancer drugs to particularly virulent brain tumors.

Integrative treatment for cancer and heart disease

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Download from itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/integrative-treatment-for/id43184821... 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...

Sexual dysfunction help for male cancer patients

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Download podcast from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sexual-dysfunction-help-for/id431848... . Sexual dysfunction is one of the most prevalent and persistent problems 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 called hardtimes:...