Proton therapy treatment for throat cancer

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cnl-proton-throat-cancer-innovative/... Throat cancer is a general term, but it is often used to refer to cancer of the pharynx and larynx. These tumors are becoming more prevalent in young patients due to exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV) through sexual contact. Steven Frank, M.D., medical director for the Proton Therapy Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses how head and neck cancers, primarily throat cancer, can be...

Breast reconstruction rates rising after mastectomy

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New research shows most women receiving a mastectomy for breast cancer also have breast reconstruction. In 2007, 63% of patients received breast reconstruction, up from 46% in 1998. The new study shows women receiving radiation are less likely to get reconstruction; there are geographic variations for those undergoing the procedures; and more women are getting implants rather than using tissue from other parts of their bodies. Senior author Benjamin Smith, M.D., associate professor in...

Proton therapy treatment for glioblastoma

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Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the toughest brain tumors to treat and also is one of the most aggressive. Paul Brown, M.D., professor in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses a ground-breaking clinical trial that treats glioblastoma with intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT). Also in this podcast, Brown explains other new discoveries in adult and childhood brain cancer research and the importance of a skilled proton therapy center.

Use it or lose it: Eating and swallowing exercises show benefit in throat cancer patients

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Kate Hutcheson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, discusses a new study examining the benefits of swallowing and eating exercises for patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for head and neck cancers.

Recent study on drug for newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients

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Bevacizumab offers no benefit for newly diagnosed glioblastoma (brain) cancer patients, MD Anderson-led study finds. Mark Gilbert, M.D., professor in Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Minesh Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discuss their study in the front line setting for the treatment of glioblastoma.

Cancer and teeth

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Attentive dental care is critical for cancer patients. Before beginning cancer treatment, patients should address pre-existing oral conditions and infections. During treatment, conditions may arise, such as chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis (mouth lining breaks down forming ulcers); xerostomia (dry mouth); and poor blood flow which may result in bone rot causing jaw fractures. It’s important for cancer survivors to see their dentists regularly, too. Mark Chambers, D.M.D., professor in...

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...

Combined urology-radiation oncology treatment for prostate cancer patients

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/combined-urology-radiation/id431848... Deborah Kuban, M.D., professor, and Benjamin Smith, M.D., assistant professor, both in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson, discuss a study examining the emergence of integrated urology-radiation oncology practices in Texas. They discovered prostate cancer patients generally travel further for treatment at the radiation oncology facility owned by their urologist, as opposed to traveling to the...

Physicist mentors young cancer patient in medical career

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Download podcast from iTunes: http://www3.mdanderson.org/streams/AudioPlayer.cfm?xml=cfg%2FCNL-Physici... Shane Leonard was a high school student who had to give up a coveted engineering internship to be treated for salivary gland cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Center. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of his life. During Leonard’s treatment at MD Anderson’s Proton Therapy Center, he formed a bond with Richard Amos, senior medical physicist. Leonard’s mentoring...

Stereotactic body radiation therapy cancer treatment

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Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) differs from traditional radiation therapy for cancer patients. Treatment takes less time (four days versus seven weeks), it’s double the radiation dose and it spares the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. SBRT is commonly used to treat lung and pancreatic cancers, as well as cancers that have spread to the liver, lung, adrenal glands and spine. Joe Chang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center,...