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.

Hospitalists treat acutely ill hospitalized patients

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Hospitalists at MD Anderson Cancer Center are internal medicine physicians who care for very ill hospitalized patients. Working closely with oncologists, they help patients manage other existing diseases and side effects of cancer treatment. Josiah Halm, M.D., and Maria-Claudia Campagna, M.D., both assistant professors in the Department of General Internal Medicine, discuss their roles as hospitalists at a major cancer center.

New solution for therapeutic cancer vaccine failure

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http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2013/cancer-vaccines-ch... Vaccines designed to turn the immune system against cancer have been logically constructed and tested against many cancers. Almost all have failed or shown minimal effect. They spark creation of killer T cells against the cancer, but generally have little effect on tumors, both in patients and mouse models. Willem Overwijk, Ph.D., and colleagues at MD Anderson discovered that a common vaccine component is...

Colon Cancer: Prevention and Screening - iBook

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G.S. Raju, M.D., wrote an iBook coverinag all aspects of colon cancer from prevention to treatment to survivorship. The iBook is available for free download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/colon-cancer/id603365489?ls=1 Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MDAnderson and learn from more experts like Dr. Raju.

Research aims to capture, interrogate single cancer cells

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http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2012/project-to-capture... Nicholas Navin, Ph.D., of MD Anderson's Genetics Department, has a plan to sort out the genetic differences among individual tumor cells at different stages of cancer development, then analyze and compare their active mutations. The results should track the evolution of triple-negative breast cancer from initial tumor, to circulating tumor cell to metastatic cell. This new approach, funded by the Damon Runyon...

Geomapping reveals environmental influence on behaviors and cancer risk

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In her research, Lorraine Reitzel, Ph.D., uses geographic information systems technology, with the help of Seann Regan, to obtain information about a geographic area. This allows her to better understand why people engage in certain behaviors and how their environment impacts health and cancer risk.

MD Anderson Physician Receives Award for Decades of Accomplishments

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Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., reflects on his accomplishments, thoughts on receiving the McGuire Award and where the field of breast cancer is headed in the future.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for lung cancer

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Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), also called stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), is a type of radiation therapy in which a few very high doses of radiation are delivered to small, well-defined tumors. The goal is to deliver a radiation dose that is high enough to kill the cancer while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy organs. Barbara Pool is one of six lung cancer patients per day who go through stereotactic body radiation therapy and she is the 1000th patient to...

Male breast cancer: patient and doctor discuss experience and treatment

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Male breast cancer accounts for approximately one percent of all breast cancer cases diagnosed in the United States each year. Listen to male breast cancer patient, Oliver Bogler, Ph.D.and his MD Anderson Cancer Center oncologist, Sharon Giordano, M.D., talk about male breast cancer, including the research, treatment, and Bogler’s experience as a “man in pink.”