Learn the facts about melanoma

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Melanoma is on the rise in the United States. In the United States 2011, one person died of melanoma every hour. Learn to protect yourself from melanoma and know skin cancer warning signs. Ana Mercedes Ciurea, M.D., assistant professor in Dermatology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses these topics as well as shares what population is most susceptible to developing melanoma.

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,...

Many Patients Continue Using Proton Pump Inhibitors After Negative Results From...

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Dr. Andrew J. Gawron discusses his manuscript "Many Patients Continue Using Proton Pump Inhibitors After Negative Results From Tests for Reflux Disease." To view the print version of this abstract go to http://bit.ly/MKOYJT.

Bone Cancer Surgery Options for the Adult Patient

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Valerae Lewis, M.D., Associate Professor in The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Orthopaedic Oncology, discusses the many surgery options for bone cancer patients. Limb salvage surgery replaces the cancerous bone with either a bone graft from another person (allowgraft), a metal implant or a combination of the two (allo-prosthetic). After amputation of the lower leg, rotationplasty moves the ankle joint to where the knee once was to function as the knee joint. MD...

Bile Duct Cancer – Rare but Numbers are Growing

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Download from itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/bile-duct-cancer-rare-but/id43184821... . Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) is rare. There are 4,000 – 5,000 newly-diagnosed cases in the United States each year, and the numbers are growing. It’s important to get the disease treated at a multidisplinary facility that specializes in bile duct cancer. Thomas Aloia, M.D., Assistant Professor in Surgical Oncology; Boris Blechacz, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of...

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...

Fertility Issues for Parents to Consider before Child’s Cancer Treatment

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The best way to preserve your child’s fertility during cancer treatment depends on age, sex and if the child has reached puberty. This concern is best addressed before cancer treatment starts. Anna Franklin, M.D., Assistant Professor, and Donna Bell, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, both in the Department of Pediatrics Patient Care at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss ways to preserve your child’s fertility and offer helpful resources.

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...

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.