Moving Forward After Devastating Wildfire

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Dale Weiss, an employee from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, shares how his family is moving forward after the loss of their home to the most destructive wildfire in Texas' history.

Revisiting the Bastrop County Wildfire

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Employees from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center describe their experiences from a massive Texas wildfire that threatened the Science Park-Research Division campus in September 2011. The most destructive wildfire in Texas' history resulted in the evacuation of that Smithville, Texas, campus for five days; 16 MD Anderson employees lost their homes.

Skin Cancer of the Eye – Uveal Melanoma

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Uveal melanoma is a very rare cancer that forms on the eye’s skin tissue, usually in the back part of the eye under the retina (choroid). Sapna Patel, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the causes, symptoms and treatment of uveal melanoma. Patel also explains why it is important for everyone to have their eyes examined, even if your vision is 20/20.

Counterfeit Avastin - Not At MD Anderson

submitted by: mdanderson Last week, the maker of the widely used cancer drug Avastin, issued a warning that a counterfeit version of the drug was discovered in the United States. The announcement revived concerns among hospital officials, government regulators, doctors and patients about the growing threat of fake drugs. Read the full story on Cancerwise Upon learning of the notice, MD Anderson pharmacy staff examined their supply of Avastin and confirmed that none of the...

Preparing the Next Generation of Clinical Pharmacists

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Most undergraduate pharmacy education involves didactic learning, with little patient contact until late in the process, says Joel LaJeunesse, vice president for the Division of Pharmacy. But, at MD Anderson, pharmacy residents get plenty of direct patient contact through the Pharmacy Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) program. PGY2 allows those who've completed a one-year residency in pharmacy to specialize in one of two areas for another year. Six residents specialize in oncology; two focus on...

Volunteer Makes a Difference for Pediatric Patients

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When Mary Belle Wooddy began volunteering at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, the five-year survival rate for children with cancer was less than 60%. Wooddy, who has volunteered in the pediatric playroom for 35 years, has seen that survival rate rise to 80% along with a lot of other changes at the hospital. For more information on MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, visit