Cancer Research for Stage 1 Lung Cancer

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New cancer research for stage 1 lung cancer is being investigated at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. It’s led by Jack Roth, M.D., professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. This clinical trial called STARS (Stereotactic Radiation Therapy Verses Surgery) compares a new type of radiation treatment with a traditional surgery approach. Roth describes this promising new treatment and explains how lung cancer patients may get involved.

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...

Proton Therapy Treatment for Liver Cancer

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Proton therapy has several advantages in treating liver cancer over traditional radiation therapy. Since the proton beam is so exact, larger dosages of radiation can be applied to the affected area, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. Proton therapy also successfully addresses technical challenges, including liver movement during treatment when the patient breathes. Christopher Crane, M.D., Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer...

Proton Therapy Treatment for Brain Tumors

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Download podcast: http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/what-brain-tumors-are-best/id4318482... ... Proton therapy treatment for brain tumors is the best option for certain cases of brain tumors. Proton therapy causes fewer side effects than traditional radiation and major long term complications are avoided. Radiation is delivered as a proton beam directly to the brain tumor site, sparing healthy tissue. Proton therapy treatment should especially be considered if the affected area includes...

Unsung Hero: Maritza Valero

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Meet Maritza Valero. She began her journey at MD Anderson six years ago. With a degree in dentistry, Maritza's six-month volunteer position unexpectedly redirected her career path. She's now a supervisor in the Appearances shop in Mays Clinic. Appearances offers breast forms, bras and other specialty items for cancer patients

Acupuncture studied to prevent dry mouth in head and neck patients receiving radiation

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New grant will study if acupuncture can prevent xerostomia, or dry mouth, in head and neck cancer patients receiving radiation.

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...

Study Shows Importance of Proton Therapy for Childhood Cancer

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Dr. David Grosshans discusses a recent study that shows how proton therapy spares healthy tissue in children with cancer. The study illustrates how proton therapy radiation is able to avoid excess radiation dose to a variety of normal structures while maintaining equal target coverage. This is important for childhood cancers because excess radiation can cause damage to the hippocampus, an area involved in learning and memory.

Rough Edit for Content Review: Magnets and Magnetism

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Video Rough Edit for Content Review: Attention Magnetic Mentors! Please view this footage from the Kids Judge! LA exhibit on magnetism in order to prepare for your upcoming events with fourth and fifth graders at Carver Elementary. There were a variety of activities presented at this exhibit; each activity was designed to help kids understand specific scientific concepts. All of the activities were compelling and fun but they are also valuable because they stimulate curiosity about what we...

MWV Episode 43 - USA Science and Engineering Festival - Part 2

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On October 23 2010, MicrobeWorld attended the first annual USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In part 2 of this two-part video, Stanley Maloy, Dean of the College of Science at San Diego State University, continues his tour of the microbiology related exhibits at the festival. Featured in this episode are members of the departments of biology and microbiology at the University of Georgia and Idaho State University. Maloy also introduces us to some...