Expanded umbilical cord blood shortens perilous wait for transplant recovery

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A team led by MD Anderson researchers finds that growing cord blood stem cells on a bed of supportive cells in the lab results in faster establishment of a new blood supply in patients who receive blood stem cell transplants, reducing the time when patients lack white blood cells, platelets.

Tanning beds increase risk of skin cancer for teens

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The World Health Organization lists indoor tanning beds and lamps as carcinogens, yet many teenagers continue to believe that indoor tanning helps them look their best. Dennis Hughes, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Pediatrics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how tanning beds increase your risk of developing skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma, the most deadly form.

Triple-negative/inflammatory breast cancer patient reacts to Moon Shots Program

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Terry Arnold, inflammatory breast cancer and triple-negative breast cancer patient at MD Anderson, shares her thoughts on MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program. For more information visit http://cancermoonshots.org.

Triple-negative breast cancer patient reacts to Moon Shots Program

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http://cancermoonshots.org Bree Sandlin, 37-year-old mother of young twins, was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in August 2012. Sandlin shares her reaction to the news that triple-negative breast cancer is among the initial cancers that will be addressed as part of MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths.

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center launches unprecedented Moon Shots Program to increase patient survival during the next decade

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Inspired by America’s drive a generation ago to put a man on the moon, MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program is a highly-concentrated effort to rapidly and dramatically decrease suffering and death in several major cancers, including acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS); chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL); lung; melanoma; prostate and two cancers linked at the molecular level: triple-negative breast and ovarian. Focused teams are building on new technology and...

Learn the facts about melanoma

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Melanoma is on the rise in the United States. In the United States 2011, one person died of melanoma every hour. Learn to protect yourself from melanoma and know skin cancer warning signs. Ana Mercedes Ciurea, M.D., assistant professor in Dermatology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses these topics as well as shares what population is most susceptible to developing melanoma.

The benefits and dangers of vitamin supplements for cancer patients

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Download podcast from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/benefits-dangers-vitamin-supplements... Many people think taking lots of vitamin supplements can help reduce their risk of cancer. Richard Tsong Lee, M.D., Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program, and Laura Michaud, Manager Clinical Pharmacy Services, explain how the opposite may actually be true -- in some cases taking too many vitamin supplements may have harmful effects.

Health care reform and the effect on cancer prevention services

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Lewis Foxhall, M.D., vice president for Health Policy at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains ways health care reform supports cancer prevention. This includes health insurance affordability and lower or no-cost cancer prevention services and screenings.

Ovarian Cancer Research

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Anil Sood, M.D., discusses research connecting high platelet counts to the severity of ovarian cancer and the Sprint for Life, which raises funds for the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program.

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How Decision Aids benefit our patients

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Dr. Therese Bevers talks about her work with Dr. Robert Volk and the MD Anderson Decision Support Lab to develop decision aids --educational tools that help prepare patients to work with their health care providers to make choices about difficult treatment questions.