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...

Hospitalists treat acutely ill hospitalized patients

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Hospitalists at MD Anderson Cancer Center are internal medicine physicians who care for very ill hospitalized patients. Working closely with oncologists, they help patients manage other existing diseases and side effects of cancer treatment. Josiah Halm, M.D., and Maria-Claudia Campagna, M.D., both assistant professors in the Department of General Internal Medicine, discuss their roles as hospitalists at a major cancer center.

Research Helping the Cancer Survivor

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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

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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.

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

Patient Education Classes for Cancer Patients

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Like many patients, Chanel was having bothersome side effects from chemotherapy. While waiting for an appointment, she noticed the Patient Education Class Calendar, and decided to attend the upcoming class, "What You Can Do About Treatment Side Effects." The Patient Education Office collaborates with clinical staff to provide cancer patients, caregivers and the general public with accurate, reliable information to help them make intelligent decisions about cancer care. Services include...

A Generalist's Guide to Treating Patients With Depression With an Emphasis on Using Side Effects to Tailor Antidepressant Ther

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Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, Professor of Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article on a generalist's guide to treating patients with depression with an emphasis on using side effects to tailor antidepressant therapy.

Advances in Proton Therapy, Pencil Beam Technology Reach Patient Care

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In treating cancer, the pencil beam technology for proton therapy delivers a single, narrow proton beam (about a centimeter in diameter) that is magnetically swept across the tumor, depositing the radiation dose like a painter

Sodium Channels and Pain

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S. Waxman, MD, PhD. - Medical need for new analgesics is discussed by S. Waxman (Yale University) who evaluated the role of selective subtypes of sodium channels, particularly 1.7 and 1.8 subtypes, in the perception of pain. There is an unmet medical need for drugs to treat chronic pain and inhibitors of
selective sodium channels are in development as novel analgesics.

Treatment of Epilepsy

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Michael Rogawski (University of California, Davis) summarizes his research on the antiepileptic activity of neurosteroids (e.g. ganaxolone, allopregnanolone). They are allosteric modulators of GABAA receptors and are active in many models of epilepsy. They are expected, however, to be most effective in catamenial epilepsy, infantile spasms or adult partial seizures. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently sponsoring a clinical trial of progesterone (precursor of allopregnanolone)...