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...

Smokers with HIV/AIDS find quitting easier with cell phone counseling

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/smokers-hiv-aids-find-quitting/id43... A smoking-cessation intervention delivered through mobile phones to smokers who are HIV/AIDS positive has a better success rate compared to standard treatment. Listen to Ellen Gritz, Ph.D., professor and chair, and Damon Vidrine, Dr.P.H., assistant professor, both in Behavioral Science at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss their research findings.

Young breast cancer patients with early-stage disease may undergo unnecessary testing when diagnosed

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/young-breast-cancer-patients/id4318... . More than one third of younger, early stage breast cancer patients undergo unnecessary imaging procedures – including position emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine bone scans (NMBS) and tumor markers (TM) -- at the time of staging and diagnosis. Carlos Barcenas, M.D., assistant professor, Breast Medical Oncology and Sharon Giordano, M.D., professor, Breast...

Breast cancer – most common cancer in women

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Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/breast-cancer-most-common/id4318482... Breast cancer has two main types: ductal carcinoma and lobular carcinoma. These two types of breast cancer present and behave differently but they are treated the same way. Sharon Giordano, M.D., professor in Breast Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and chair of Health Services Research, discusses the differences between ductal and lobular carcinomas including in situ...

Central nervous system tumors symptoms and treatment

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/central-nervous-system-tumors/id431... A central nervous system tumor starts as a primary cancer originating in the brain, spinal cord or spinal fluid and then spreads to the nervous system. The most common form is glioblastoma multiforme. John DeGroot, M.D., associate professor in Neuro-Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of central nervous system tumors.

Appendix cancer – alternatives to surgery

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Download from itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/appendix-cancer-alternatives/id4318... . If appendix cancer is found early, surgery is the standard of care. Alternatives to surgery are available for advanced appendix cancer, but more data is needed to accurately treat this rare form of cancer. Cathy Eng, M.D., associate professor of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses options for non-surgical candidates including hyperthermic...