Immunotherapy: unleashing immune system to attack cancer

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Cancer immunotherapy treats the immune system rather than the tumor. Jim Allison, Ph.D., professor in Immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, has developed an innovative approach that will open doors for treating all types of cancer. Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Genitourinary Medical Oncology and Immunology, is lead scientist on immunotherapy clinical trials. Listen to Allison and Sharma discuss their collaboration on MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program to develop...

Leukemia (AML/MDS) Moon Shots update

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/leukemia-aml-mds-moon-shots/id431848... . Acute Myeloid leukemia (AML) involves an overgrowth of immature blood cells, while myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) happen when the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells. MD Anderson Cancer Center is the world’s largest practice for treating AML and MDS. Guillermo Garcia-Manero, M.D., professor in Leukemia at MD Anderson, discusses milestones made with this MD Anderson moon shots,...

Thyroid cancer is on the rise

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thyroid-cancer-is-on-the-rise/id4318... . The number of thyroid cancer cases is growing each year and it’s unclear why. In the United States, there were about 60,000 new thyroid cancer cases (45,310 in women, and 14,910 in men) in 2013. Thyroid cancer has a high cure rate, but it’s important to go to a specialized, multidisciplinary center to ensure proper care. Naifa Busaidy, M.D., associate professor in Endocrine Neoplasia and...

Hepatoblastoma – a rare liver cancer in children

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Hepatoblastoma is rare, but it’s the most primary liver tumor in children. Right now there are 100 new cases each year in the United States, but that number is gradually increasing. Susan Abraham, M.D., professor in Pathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses hereditary risks, survival, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, including liver transplantation for hepatoblastoma patients.

Cancer screening – what you should know

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cancer-screening-what-you/id43184821... The standard screenings for cancer are for breast, cervical, prostate and colon. For those in a high-risk category, lung, ovarian and liver cancer screenings may be recommended. Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of Cancer Prevention at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses MD Anderson’s cancer screening recommendations and explains the conflicting cancer screening reports.

Proton therapy treatment for throat cancer

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cnl-proton-throat-cancer-innovative/... Throat cancer is a general term, but it is often used to refer to cancer of the pharynx and larynx. These tumors are becoming more prevalent in young patients due to exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV) through sexual contact. Steven Frank, M.D., medical director for the Proton Therapy Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses how head and neck cancers, primarily throat cancer, can be...

Can you still exercise when you have cancer?

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Is it safe to exercise when you have cancer? Are there specific exercises that should be avoided or are there warning signs to stop your workout? Whether you’re an athlete or have never exercised, this advice is for the cancer patient/survivor who wants to increase longevity through exercise. Carol Harrison, senior exercise physiology technologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers suggestions and shares information to help cancer survivors stay on track with their exercise programs.

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.

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...