Improved chemotherapy administration reduces chance for medication errors

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MD Anderson Cancer Center is the first hospital in the United States to implement a new technology that will greatly improve chemotherapy quality control. Our main goal is patient safety. Kelley Reece, assistant manager in Pharmacy, explains how this software helps standardize the delivery of care across technicians and clinics. She also gives a behind the scenes look at how chemotherapy drugs are individually prepared for each unique patient.

Recent study on drug for newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients

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Bevacizumab offers no benefit for newly diagnosed glioblastoma (brain) cancer patients, MD Anderson-led study finds. Mark Gilbert, M.D., professor in Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Minesh Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discuss their study in the front line setting for the treatment of glioblastoma.

Healthy aging for the cancer patient

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“Being a senior does not necessarily mean that you’re old,” says Beatrice Edwards, M.D., associate professor in geriatric medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. “Yet, it’s important for elderly cancer patients to have their functional status evaluated in order to achieve successful cancer treatment outcomes.” In this podcast, Edwards shares tips on healthy aging for older adults and explains the role that a geriatrician can play in cancer treatment and survivorship.

Breast cancer patient shares thoughts on starting treatment

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Three time cancer survivor (ductal carcinoma, bladder and now invasive lobular carcinoma) discusses how she is feeling now, what she plans to keep doing and what she will change as she goes through her chemotherapy treatment.

Cancer and teeth

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Attentive dental care is critical for cancer patients. Before beginning cancer treatment, patients should address pre-existing oral conditions and infections. During treatment, conditions may arise, such as chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis (mouth lining breaks down forming ulcers); xerostomia (dry mouth); and poor blood flow which may result in bone rot causing jaw fractures. It’s important for cancer survivors to see their dentists regularly, too. Mark Chambers, D.M.D., professor in...

Matthew Ross (Baylor College of Medicine) at the 2012 SFAF Meeting

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Matthew Ross on "Metagenomics for etiological agent discovery" at the 2012 Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future Meeting held June 5-7, 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Unsung Hero: Maritza Valero

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Meet Maritza Valero. She began her journey at MD Anderson six years ago. With a degree in dentistry, Maritza's six-month volunteer position unexpectedly redirected her career path. She's now a supervisor in the Appearances shop in Mays Clinic. Appearances offers breast forms, bras and other specialty items for cancer patients

Renato Lenzi, M.D., Oncologist, Colon Cancer Survivor and SCOPE honoree

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"Without regular colonoscopies and the great treatment I received at MD Anderson, I would be dead," says Renato Lenzi, M.D., clinical associate professor in GI Medical Oncology. After he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002 during a screening, Lenzi endured months of treatment that included surgery, six months of chemotherapy and five weeks of chemotherapy with radiation. This cancer warrior is being recognized by his colleagues as the honoree of the 2011 Sprint for Colorectal Cancer...

The eIF2 kinase GCN2 is essential for the murine immune system to adapt to amino acid deprivation by asparaginase

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Amino acid starvation by asparaginase (ASNase) enhances phosphorylation of eIF2 by general control nonderepressible 2 (GCN2) kinase, leading to reduced global mRNA translation rates. This conserves energy and allows cells time to reprogram stress-related gene expression to alleviate cell injury. This study addressed the importance of GCN2 for the immune system to adapt to amino acid starvation by ASNase. GCN2+/+ and GCN2-/- mice were injected once daily with ASNase or saline for up to 7 d....
Authors: Carla Aldrich, Ronald Wek, Rachel Reinert, Judy Cundiff, Piyawan Bunpo, Tracy Anthony

Restoring Fertility after Cancer Treatment

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Marvin Meistrich, Ph.D., in M. D. Anderson's Experimental Radiation Oncology department, discusses the options for restoring fertility after cancer treatment.