Renato Lenzi, M.D., Oncologist, Colon Cancer Survivor and SCOPE honoree

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"Without regular colonoscopies and the great treatment I received at MD Anderson, I would be dead," says Renato Lenzi, M.D., clinical associate professor in GI Medical Oncology. After he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002 during a screening, Lenzi endured months of treatment that included surgery, six months of chemotherapy and five weeks of chemotherapy with radiation. This cancer warrior is being recognized by his colleagues as the honoree of the 2011 Sprint for Colorectal Cancer...

New Drugs Target Melanoma

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Two new drugs provide the first new treatments for melanoma in years. However, they don't help everyone and resistance can develop. Michael Davies, M.D., Ph.D., of MD Anderson's Department of Melanoma, discusses next steps.

SNP Linked to Bladder Cancer Risk, Telomere Length

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At AACR 2011, Jian Gu, Ph.D., of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center discusses his research connecting a single point of genetic variation to both lower bladder cancer risk and the length of telomeres -- protective tips on the ends of chromosomes. Short telomeres are associated with age-related diseases, including some cancers. Gu's findings are the first to connect a SNP to cancer risk and telomere length.

Cancer Drug Shortage Is Costing Lives

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Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a fast-progressing cancer that typically takes a patient's life within two to three months if not treated quickly and properly. Cytarabine is the only known drug to affectively treat AML, having a survival rate of 40% to 50%. Without cytarabine, the survival rate is 0%. The number of drugs, including those used to treat cancer, that are in short supply within the United States has tripled since 2005. Hagop Kantarjian, M.D., chair of the Department of...

Treating Leukemia - Dr. Stefan Faderl

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Dr. Stefan Faderl discusses the basics of leukemia, his philosophy on treating the disease and MD Anderson's multicultural approach to care. He recognizes that leukemia patients require quick intervention and treatment. Learn more about Leukemia treatment at MD Anderson cancer center http://bit.ly/kHCp1G

Lung Cancer - Dr. Stephen Swisher

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Dr. Stephen Swisher discusses lung cancer and MD Anderson's approach to treating the disease. His advice to patients with lung cancer is not to rush into a treatment program right away; instead, they should research various options and decide on the best plan, with their medical team.

Treating Lymphoma - Dr. Frederick Hagemeister

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http://bit.ly/kG2BS3 Lymphoma is the fifth most common cancer and the second fastest growing cancer. Dr. Frederick Hagemeister believes that during treatment, patients should maintain as normal a level of activity as possible to help with the treatment process.

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Drs. Diane Bodurka and Anuja Jhingran discuss MD Anderson's comprehensive approach to treating uterine cancer. They also share their personal philosophy on caring for patients. Dr. Bodurka believes in treating all patients with respect and compassion. She urges women to "pay attention to their bodies and be proactive for their own health." Learn more about Uterine Cancer treatment at MD Anderson http://bit.ly/lIOSjC

Nursing Excellence: What Magnet Designation Means at MD Anderson

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The nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center are proud once again to have earned the Magnet recognition designation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center. A selection of nurses describe what it means to them to achieve this ranking and what it takes to reach this level of excellence. Read more about nursing innovation at MD Anderson in the spring 2011 issue of Conquest Magazine http://bit.ly/kzGHiV

Prostate Health Through Diet and Exercise

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Please visit: www.mdanderson.org/prevention for more information regarding prevention and screening. Learn how to improve your prostate health through diet and exercise.