How supportive care teams help dying cancer patients

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Download from itunes: http://bit.ly/VjNLcp . The time has come to say, “Your cancer is terminal and you need to get your life in order.” Who has this difficult job and how can they help ease the pain? David Hui, M.D., medical director of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Chaplain Steven Thorney, are part of MD Anderson’s Supportive Care Center. Here they help patients get their physical and emotional symptoms under control and work with them to establish end-of-life...

Patient Characteristics associated with Venous Thromboembolic Events: a Cohort Study Using Pooled Electronic Health Record Data

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Abstract: Objective: To demonstrate the potential of de-identified clinical data from multiple healthcare systems using different electronic health records (EHR) to be efficiently used for very large retrospective cohort studies. Materials and methods: Data of 959,030 patients, pooled from multiple different healthcare systems with distinct EHR, were obtained. Data were standardized and normalized using common ontologies, searchable through a HIPAA-complaint, patient de-identified web...

When constipation becomes an emergency for cancer patients

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More than 50% of palliative care cancer patients have serious issues with constipation leading to emergency room visits. It’s important for cancer patients to bring up concerns about constipation with their oncologists, but some are reluctant, says Knox Todd, M.D., department chair in Emergency Medicine at MD Anderson. In this podcast, Todd discusses causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer-related constipation and makes suggestions for how to avoid associated emergency room...

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.

Aquariums Relieve Stress for Cancer Patients

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has 63 aquariums in waiting areas throughout its campus, three of them being saltwater fish. Employees at MD Anderson share their stories about the calming affects the aquariums have on its cancer patients, care givers, visitors and employees.

Dr. Cohen's Clinical Trial for Breast Cancer Patients

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Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., discusses a new clinical trial that will test the effects of lifestyle changes on cancer recurrence. Breast cancer patients in the study will receive coaching on nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and strengthening their social connections.

Young Cancer Patient Inspires Hope

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Shane Leonard, a talented young man with his whole life ahead of him, did not let cancer create despair. Instead, Shane looked for opportunities in his new cancer hospital surroundings to inspire his future. At 17, cancer was found in his salivary gland. After surgery, he came to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for follow-up proton radiation treatment. In Shane's spare time, he would study quantum mechanics lectures and became friends with the senior medical physicist of...

Old Age and Cancer – the Focus of This Doctor

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Old age is the main focus of a geriatrician, a doctor who is board certified in medicine and in geriatrics. Patients faced with old age and cancer have a lot to deal with, especially managing drug intake. Holly Holmes, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine and a certified geriatrician at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, states her main focus is to help the senior cancer patient remain as functional and independent as possible. Being old in...

Cure For Addiction

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Is it possible to cure drug addiction through medicine. This short film experiments with that reality.