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Cancer; Digestive

Why you should consider clinical genetic testing for hereditary colon cancer

People are fascinated with the human genome at the moment, with the popularity of direct-to-consumer tests such as 23andMe soaring. But Interpreting genetic test results can be complicated, particularly for conditions like colon cancer. At UT Southwestern, our 14 genetic counselor works with patients before and after a comprehensive DNA analysis to determine if they have any hereditary risks.

Cancer

Smarter radiation, fewer sessions: How SABR might help defeat metastatic cancer

Stereotactic ablative therapy (SABR) has proven effective in treating many types of primary tumors. Robert Timmerman, M.D., discusses how SABR might improve survival rates for patients with metastatic cancer.

Cancer

5 questions patients might be reluctant to ask about radiation therapy

Radiation therapy for cancer raises plenty of questions – some of which you might feel nervous asking. Nina Sanford, M.D, tackles five common questions patients might be afraid to bring up with their doctors. Read more.

Cancer; Transplant

Hepatitis C treatment can cut risk of liver-related death by 50% for patients with a history of liver cancer

This study looked at medical records for patients who were cured of liver cancer at 31 North American medical centers. The findings demonstrate that patients who were treated and cured of their hepatitis C had significantly better survival rates than those patients whose hepatitis C was not treated.

Cancer; Discovery; Prevention

Precision medicine, immunotherapy drive largest single-year drop in cancer deaths

Cancer death rates have dropped nearly 30% since 1991, and more that 2% between 2016 and 2017 alone – the biggest one-year drop on record. The driver has been precision medicine, an approach that focuses on personalization and collaboration. Learn more now.

Cancer; Digestive; Prevention

Skip the colon cancer screening? Not in the U.S.

Is colon cancer screening necessary? A study out of the U.K. published in The BMJ suggests average-risk patients age 50-79 might not need a colonoscopy if they have low risk-score. But Syed Kazmi, M.D., disagrees when it comes to U.S. patients. Find out why in this MedBlog.

Cancer; Prevention; Women's Health

3 ways patients benefit from 3D mammograms

Even with known benefits of 3D mammography – such as reduced healthcare costs and earlier detection of cancer – the technology still has its critics. But what some people call an upsell opportunity, is actually the best patient care. Breast imaging expert Basak Dogan, M.D., discusses the benefits of 3D mammography in this week’s MedBlog. Learn more.

Cancer

Scott’s Story: Fighting Cancer with a Winning Attitude

At 31 years old, Scott Burchett was in the best shape of his life. Then, in the same week that he learned he was going to be the father of twins, he was also diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It was in these two life-changing moments that Scott came to UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center and decided to fight his cancer with confidence.

Cancer; Dermatology

The not-so-friendly skies? Why pilots and flight attendants have a higher risk of skin cancer

Studies have shown that pilots and flight attendants are at a greater risk for skin cancer, but much is still unknown about why. Jennifer G. Gill, M.D., PhD, breaks down potential factors, as well as other occupations and hobbies that pose an increased risk.

Cancer; Dermatology; Prevention

5 burning questions about sun protection and skin cancer

In the blazing Texas summer, sun protection is key. UT Southwestern dermatologist Elizabeth Savory answers the burning questions about sunscreen, tanning and skin cancer.