Diagnostic testing before cancer treatment

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Before starting cancer treatment, breast cancer patient Doris Thomas went through a series of tests at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all in one day. Since MD Anderson is a multidisciplinary hospital, it is typical for tests to be scheduled and completed under one roof in one day. Tests performed include an echocardiogram, lung CT scan, lab work and brain MRI.

Medical hypnosis assists with surgery and medical procedures

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Hypnosis is an artificially produced state of consciousness which allows for greater responsiveness to suggestion. Ian Lipski M.D., associate professor in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center, uses medical hypnosis to help patients manage cancer treatment side effects like anxiety, fear and pain. Medical hypnosis shifts the focus of power away from the medical staff and gives the patient control over his/her cognizance. Learn how Dr. Lipski helps patients...

Stereotactic body radiation therapy cancer treatment

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Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) differs from traditional radiation therapy for cancer patients. Treatment takes less time (four days versus seven weeks), it’s double the radiation dose and it spares the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. SBRT is commonly used to treat lung and pancreatic cancers, as well as cancers that have spread to the liver, lung, adrenal glands and spine. Joe Chang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center,...

Standard Imaging Taken Post Avastin May Predict Survival in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients

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Jean-Nicolas Vauthey, M.D., speaks on routine computed tomography (CT) imaging to analyze form and structural changes to colorectal liver metastasis after bevacizumab and chemotherapy may predict overall survival, according to research from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.