Prostate Cancer Moon Shot Annual Report 2013

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in September 2012 launched its Moon Shots Program, an ambitious and comprehensive action plan to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths. Initial moon shot cancers are breast and ovarian; acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes; chronic lymphocytic leukemia; lung; melanoma and prostate cancer. Christopher Logothetis, M.D., chair and professor,...

Firing up innate immunity to stop asthma attacks

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The National Institutes of Health will provide $2.4 million to an MD Anderson researcher to advance a completely new approach to stifling asthma attacks. Scott Evans, M.D., of MD Anderson's Department of Pulmonary Medicine, was named an NIH New Innovator for his proposal to jump-start a rapid immune response to stymie viral infections before they can provoke asthma attacks. "Asthma affects 8 percent of Americans -- 26 million adults and children -- and its incidence continues to grow for...

Why are HPV-related oral cancers on the rise?

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The number of oral cancer cases is increasing significantly due largely to the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that's most commonly spread through oral sex.

By 2020, HPV may cause more cases of throat cancer than cervical cancer.

Watch Erich Sturgis, M.D., professor of Head and Neck Surgery at MD Anderson, talk about why HPV-related oral cancers, including throat cancer, are becoming more common.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma basics

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/non-hodgkins-lymphoma-basics/id43184... Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the seventh most common cancer in men and women in the United States and often misdiagnosed by primary care doctors. Symptoms may include headaches, confusion, nausea and fatigue. Jason Westin, M.D., assistant professor in Lymphoma/Myeloma at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the basics of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and...

Breast cancer patients offers health tips

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Exercise, healthy diet and doing activities to keep you mentally alert are just some of the tips MD Anderson breast cancer patient, Doris Thomas, offers in this video.

New Lung Cancer Screening Offered At MD Anderson

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Results from national clinical trial mobilizes a team of experts to develop Lung Cancer Screening Program. For appointment contact AskMDAnderson 877-MDA-6789 https://www2.mdanderson.org/sapp/contact/selfreferral/index.cfm

Doctors and veterinarians work together to cure cancer

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/doctors-veterinarians-work/id431848... . Dogs share similar characteristics and lifestyles to human beings since both have been cohabitating for thousands of years. Because of this, canines have also developed cancers much like those of humans. Laurence Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., professor in Pediatrics at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Texas A&M’s veterinary school, have teamed up to study oncology across species with hopes of...

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.

Beating cancer via video game

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Steven Gonzalez, a patient at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, sees video games as a healing power rather than simply entertainment. When he began leukemia treatment as a young teenager, he felt separated from his peers and the normalcy of life. For Gonzalez, video games provided him a link to the world he knew before. To help other young cancer patients not feel so isolated, he created a cancer-fighting video game. He also joined patient committees at MD Anderson Children's Cancer...

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.