A cancer diagnosis can require you to expand your vocabulary, learn
about treatment options and side effects, and ask questions you never
thought you’d need to consider. Luckily, our experts can be great
resources when it comes to expanding your knowledge.
This past year, our doctors shared insight on topics ranging from immunotherapy, clinical trials and stem cell transplants to fertility and cancer. Here are seven recent
posts with our experts that our readers found especially helpful.
You’ve probably heard of immunotherapy, a new type of treatment that
uses the body’s own natural defense system to attack cancer. But what
is it, and who should consider it?
Learn more in this interview with Dr. Padmanee
Sharma, co-leader of MD
Anderson’s immunotherapy platform.
At one time, chemobrain was considered temporary or an emotional or
stressful reaction to having cancer. Today, through the research of
neuropsychologists like Jeffrey Wefel, Ph.D., and Shelli Kesler,
Ph.D., we better understand how certain chemotherapy agents actually
induce brain damage.
Learn about our neuropsychology research and how
our neuropsychologists are helping cancer patients.
Phase I clinical trials are the foundation for how we develop new
cancer drugs. And, for many patients, they can offer hope of
Learn more about Phase I trials in this
interview with David Hong, M.D.
Stem cell transplants are often the best option to treat leukemia,
lymphoma and multiple myeloma, as well as bone marrow failure
syndromes like myelodysplastic syndrome.
Learn about the different types of stem cell
transplants and how they work in this Q&A with Borje S.
Some cancer treatments can affect patients’ fertility. So, it’s
important to talk to your doctor about your fertility concerns as
early as possible. “The earlier you have the conversation, the more
options you have if you decide to pursue fertility preservation
treatment,” says Terri Woodard, M.D., head of the MD Anderson Oncofertility Consult Service.
Read nine more things she wants you to know
about fertility and cancer.
Up to half of all cancer deaths could be prevented with healthy
lifestyle changes. Read our Q&A with Dr. Ernest Hawk to learn
how our Moon Shots Program is leading the way to end cancer not just
through research and treatment innovations, but also through cancer prevention.
Diagnostic imaging scans such as MRIs, PET scans and CT scans help
our doctors stage a patient’s cancer and determine the best course of
treatment. While some patients may worry about the radiation exposure,
our doctors go to great lengths to ensure they use only the amount of
radiation necessary to get the answers they need.
“If you look at our data for the past six years in interventional
radiology, we have consistently decreased radiation exposure by 30-40%
on average,” says Kyle Jones, Ph.D. Learn more.
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