Desmoid tumors – dangerous when not treated as cancer

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/desmoid-tumors-dangerous-when/id4318... . Desmoid tumors, also known as "aggressive fibromatosis," develop from fibroblasts which are found throughout the body. Desmoid tumors may become life threatening when they constrict vital organs such as kidneys, lungs or intestines. Some physicians consider desmoid tumors non-cancerous since they do not metastasize, but there is a danger of undertreating. Raphael Pollock, M.D., Ph.D.,...

The connection between genes and colon cancer

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About 20% of colon cancer cases are related to a strong family history of colon cancer. Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, focuses his discussion on the main types of genetic colon cancers including hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer syndrome or HNPCC (also called Lynch syndrome) and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP).