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.

Minimally invasive surgery treating cancer

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Minimally invasive, or endoscopic, surgery takes advantage of advances in computer imaging and robotics to provide effective surgical cancer treatment with a much smaller impact on the patient. Surena Matin, M.D., medical director of the Minimally Invasive and New Technology in Oncologic Surgery (MINTOS) Collaborative Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses treatment options using this treatment option for diseases such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer and gynecologic...

Telemedicine extends minimally invasive surgery’s benefits

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MD Anderson Cancer Center has a program focused on minimally invasive surgery that includes patient care, training for health care professionals and research into new minimally invasive and robotic surgical advances. Called MINTOS (Minimally Invasive New Technologies for Oncologic Surgery), the program also involves perioperative telemedicine aimed at extending specialized surgical care to underserved communities using mobile technologies. Surena Matin, M.D., medical director for MINTOS, and...

Personalized treatment for ovarian cancer

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/personalized-treatment-for/id4318482... MD Anderson Cancer Center now has a more strategic approach to treating ovarian cancer which results in a 68% higher rate of removing the whole cancer tumor. Previously, all new ovarian cancer patients would undergo surgery to explore the extent of the disease and remove as much of it as possible. Under this new protocol, all patients undergo this procedure to determine if chemotherapy may...

MUSC Plastic Surgeons Target the Nerves That Trigger Migraine Headaches

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The Advanced Migraine Surgery Program (AMSP) at MUSC offers relief to individuals who suffer from migraine headaches and occipital neuralgia. One of the treatment options is surgery that relieves pressure on the facial and scalp nerves that can cause migraine headaches. In this video, Dr. Kevin O. Delaney, Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery and one of the plastic surgeons who perform this surgery, describes the procedure and the overwhelmingly positive patient outcomes.

Saving Breath: Diagnosing and Managing COPD

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Luca Paoletti, M.D., a pulmonologist at the Medical University of South Carolina, discusses best practices for diagnosing (eg, spirometry, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency testing) and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation is recommended for all COPD patients. Bronchodilators are the mainstay of medication therapy, and, for patients with medication-refractory COPD, lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplant are options.