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Stereotactic body radiation therapy cancer treatment

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, explains why this treatment may be best option for some cancer patients, and gives reasons why MD Anderson is the leader in SBRT treatment.

13mins

18 Jun 2012

Rank #1

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Facts about uterine cancer

Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women and is the most common cancer of women’s reproductive organs. Over 40,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with uterine cancer each year. Shannon Westin, M.D., assistant professor in Gynecologic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center discusses symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and current research for uterine cancer.

13mins

7 Jan 2013

Rank #2

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Functional brain training

In this episode of Cancer Newsline Dr. Sarah Prinsloo explains the process for mapping the brain and how neurofeedback can be used to treat chemotherapy side effects.

5mins

8 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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Personalized cancer treatment: what it is and how it works

In this episode, professor of genomic medicine John Mendelsohn, M.D., explains how treatment can be personalized to target a specific patient's cancer. Part 1 of 2.

5mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #4

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Bile Duct Cancer – Rare but Numbers are Growing

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 Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; and  Milind Javle, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology, all at The University of Texas MD Anderson,  discuss the basics including treatment, and surgery options for bile duct cancer patients.

20mins

12 Mar 2012

Rank #5

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Whole Brain Radiation for Brain Metastases Associated with Poor Cognitive Function

A phase three clinical trial studying whole brain radiation treatment (WBRT) has found that in patients with brain metastases, WBRT has a negative impact on memory recall and verbal fluency. Study leader and MD Anderson radiation oncologist Paul Brown, M.D., presented his findings at the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists. Brown says the impact of whole brain radiation on patients' quality of life far outweigh its effectiveness as a treatment.

12mins

1 Jun 2015

Rank #6

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Sexual dysfunction help for male cancer patients

Sexual dysfunction is a prevalent and persistent problem after cancer treatment. Leslie Schover, Ph.D., professor, and Elaine Schneider, research nurse, in Behavioral Science at MD Anderson Cancer Center, have created an internet-based, multimedia educational and counseling tool to promote recovery of sexual satisfaction in men treated for cancer. Schover and Schneider discuss their program, including treatments for erectile dysfunction, and give advice for cancer patients’ sexual partners.

15mins

20 Jan 2014

Rank #7

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Immunotherapy and Lung Cancer

Immunotherapy harnesses the power of the immune system to fight cancer. In this episode of Cancer Newsline, Dr. John Heymach explains why he believes immunotherapy is the future of lung cancer treatment.

6mins

24 Jul 2017

Rank #8

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Bone Health

While cancer itself can result in remodeling or weakening of the bone and lead to fractures, some cancer treatments can also adversely affect bone health. In this episode, Dr. Mimi Hu explains the factors related to cancer and cancer treatment which can affect the bone as well as steps patients can take to support good bone health.

6mins

19 Jun 2017

Rank #9

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Bone Cancer Surgery Options for the Adult Patient

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 Anderson is highly experienced in treating bone cancer specializing in less invasive procedures that have minimum impact on your body’s appearance.

12mins

9 Apr 2012

Rank #10

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Immunotherapy and Breast Cancer

Immunotherapy harnesses the power of the immune system to fight cancer. In this episode of Cancer Newsline, Dr. Elizabeth Mittendorf talks about how successes with immunotherapy in melanoma are being applied to breast cancer treatment.

5mins

7 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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Breast cancer – most common cancer in women

Breast cancer has two main types: ductal carcinoma and lobular carcinoma. These two types of breast cancer present and behave differently but they are treated the same way. Sharon Giordano, M.D., professor in Breast Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and chair of Health Services Research, discusses the differences between ductal and lobular carcinomas including in situ (noninvasive) cases. Giordano explains self-examination, diagnosis, treatment, screening recommendations and research in breast cancer.

13mins

3 Dec 2013

Rank #12

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Desmoid tumors – dangerous when not treated as cancer

Desmoid tumors, also known as "aggressive fibromatosis," develop from fibroblasts which are found throughout the body. Desmoid tumors may become life threatening when they constrict vital organs such as kidneys, lungs or intestines. Some physicians consider desmoid tumors non-cancerous since they do not metastasize, but there is a danger of undertreating. Raphael Pollock, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson, explains this extremely rare cancer and its relationship to familial adenomatous polyposis (Gardner’s Syndrome).

18mins

4 Feb 2013

Rank #13

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Immunotherapy and Melanoma

Immunotherapy harnesses the power of the immune system to fight cancer. Some of the earliest successes have come in the treatment of melanoma. In this episode we take a closer look at how immunotherapy is being used to treat metastatic melanoma, from how immunotherapy works to how the side effects differ from chemotherapy.

5mins

10 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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Understanding meningioma

In this episode of Cancer Newsline we discuss meningioma, a benign brain tumor that can cause side effects ranging from decreased hearing to problems with mobility.

5mins

4 Dec 2017

Rank #15

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The danger of third-hand smoke exposure

While most people have heard about the health danger resulting from exposure to second-hand smoke, few may be aware of third-hand smoke. In this podcast, MD Anderson’s Alex Prokhorov, M.D., Ph.D., professor in Behavioral Science, shares the causes of third-hand smoke, the danger it poses, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from its effects.

13mins

3 Aug 2015

Rank #16

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Brain Cancer Basics and Hope through Research

Amy Heimberger, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department Neurosurgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the basics, history and the incidence of brain cancer. She is joined by Gail Goodwin, MD Anderson employee and brain cancer survivor, and Lanie Rose, founder of Run for the Rose (annual run raising funds for brain cancer research) for an engaging discussion about new advances in brain cancer research and how there is hope for more long-term brain cancer survivors.

27mins

26 Mar 2012

Rank #17

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Smoldering meyloma

In this episode of Cancer Newsline we talk about smoldering myeloma - what it is, how it is detected and how it is being treated at MD Anderson.

6mins

23 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Melanoma brain metastases

In this episode of Cancer Newsline we discuss melanoma when it metastasizes to the brain and the types of therapies used to treat melanoma brain metastases.

6mins

6 Nov 2017

Rank #19

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Lymphovenous bypass surgery

For those who suffer from lymphedema, compression therapy is not always successful in alleviating symptoms. In these cases, lymphovenous bypass surgery offers another option. In this episode, Dr. Mark Schaverien discusses this supermicrosurgery that is helping people with lymphedema.

6mins

22 May 2017

Rank #20