Neurofibromatosis

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Neurofibromatosis describes a series of disorders involving tumors developing around the nerves. While these tumors are often benign, their presence in small spaces can cause serious side effects and health risks as they grow. In this episode, Dr. John Slopis describes MD Anderson's comprehensive neurofibromatosis program and explains how the research being done there is providing information about cancer.

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.

Innovations in Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Technology

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Dr. John Ikonomidis, Chief of the Cardiothoracic Surgery at MUSC Health, discusses innovations (smaller devices, pulsatile technology) in Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) technology and how the LVAD can act as bridge therapy for patients seeking a heart transplant.

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.

Pirfenidone and Nintedanib: Tips for Treating Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Dr. Timothy Whelan, Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program from the Medical University of South Carolina, provides advice for 2 new drugs Pirfenidone and Nintedanib designed to slow the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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.