Hepatoblastoma – a rare liver cancer in children

submitted by: mdanderson

Hepatoblastoma is rare, but it’s the most primary liver tumor in children. Right now there are 100 new cases each year in the United States, but that number is gradually increasing. Susan Abraham, M.D., professor in Pathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses hereditary risks, survival, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, including liver transplantation for hepatoblastoma patients.

Congenital Heart Defects: Could the Developing Heart Hold the Key to New Therapies?

submitted by: mcgheek

Andrew M. Atz, M.D., Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at MUSC's Children's Hospital, and Kyu-Ho Lee, M.D., PhD, a developmental biologist at MUSC's Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center, discuss how better understanding the gene signaling involved in the embryonic development of the heart could lead to new adjunctive therapies for congenital heart defects. Learn more about Dr. Lee's work in the November 2013 issue of Progressnotes at MUSChealth.com/progressnotes

Unrelated Donor Bone Marrow Transplant for Sickle Cell Disease

submitted by: mcgheek
Jennifer Jaroscak, M.D., of MUSC Children's Hospital discusses bone marrow transplant (BMT) as a cure for patients with sickle cell disease. She describes a new reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) regimen being trialed at MUSC for BMTs from well-matched unrelated donors in the SCURT study. RIC is safer for unrelated donor transplant because, unlike myeloablative BMTs, it suppresses but does not destroy the patient's bone marrow. Find out more about the SCURT study and reduced-intensity...

Tips to Help Kids Avoid Adult Cancers

submitted by: mdanderson

Beverly Gor, Ed.D., postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses healthy lifestyle choices you can make for your children to help prevent the development of certain adult cancers; such as prostate, breast and colon. Gor stresses the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise to reduce the risk of developing cancer later in life.

Research Helping the Cancer Survivor

submitted by: mdanderson
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is leading the way in new research initiatives addressing issues faced by cancer survivors. Guadalupe Palos, M.S.W., Dr.P.H., Manager of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at MD Anderson, explains the importance of funding cancer survivor research and discusses current studies investigating ways to reduce treatment side effects. Jason Cox is a childhood cancer survivor of rhabdomyosarcoma and is now a successful attorney. Cox discusses his...

Childhood Leukemia: Most Common Childhood Cancer

submitted by: mdanderson

Childhood leukemia is the most common childhood cancer with more than 3,500 children in the U.S. diagnosed each year. Patrick Zweidler-McKay, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Cancer Hospital, talks about symptoms, diagnoses and treatment of this blood disease. Zweidler-McKay also discusses health problems that may occur decades after treatment and encourages long term follow-up doctor visits.

Bone Cancer Surgery Options for the Young Patient

submitted by: mdanderson
Download from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/bone-cancer-surgery-options/id431848... Osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma are the most common bone tumors found in children. In the past, amputation was the preferred method for removing tumors, but now there are less invasive bone cancer surgery options available. Valerae Lewis, M.D., Associate Professor in the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Orthopaedic Oncology, discusses limb salvage surgery using an...

All Obstacles Removed ... the Journey Continues for Brain Cancer Patient

submitted by: mdanderson
Aidan Immroth lost his battle to brain cancer in November of this year, but at the end of his brief 13 years on this earth, Aidan accomplished something really huge -- actually as big as an elephant -- a painting using a live elephant as the canvas that is! Part of the Pediatric Education and Creative Arts Program at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, Aidan had a vision to paint a real elephant and it became reality through the help of Ian Cion, MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital's...