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  • Innovations Decrease Toxic Effects of Radiation Therapy for Mediastinal Tumors from Hematological Malignancies: Anterior mediastinal masses caused by lymphoma or leukemia can be difficult to treat because sensitive tissues in the area are vulnerable to damage from radiation therapy. To treat these tumors while sparing healthy tissue, radiation oncologists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center use a combination of advanced technologies and new techniques.
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery Enables Less Toxic Treatment of Early Throat Cancers: For decades, many patients with hard-to-reach throat cancers received high-dose radiation and chemotherapy, with their often severe toxic effects, because conventional surgery was highly invasive and disfiguring. Now that minimally invasive robotic surgery can be used to resect cancers of the tongue base and tonsils without causing disfigurement, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are learning how this treatment can help minimize the use of radiation and chemotherapy and improve patients' quality of life.
  • Implantable Devices Monitor for Cardiac Events in Cancer Survivors and Patients on Chemotherapy: Cancer survivors are more likely to die from heart disease than cancer, and therefore patients must be closely monitored for heart problems during and after cancer treatment. Such surveillance can be done continuously with new implantable cardia monitoring devices.
  • HOUSE CALL: Colorectal Cancer Screening-Regular screening is key for fighting and preventing colon and rectal cancers
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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Houston, Texas


Smith, Grace; Gross, Neil; Gunn, G. Brandon; Durand, Jean-Bernard; Karimzad, Kaveh; Rozner, Marc; Labasse, Darla; Radiotherapy; Mediastinal Neoplasms; Hematologic Neoplasms; Leukemia; Lymphoma; Radiotherapy, Intensity-Modulated; Human Papillomavirus Viruses; Robotic Surgical Procedures; Pharyngeal Neoplasms; Tonsillar Neoplasms; Clinical Trials as Topic; Cancer Survivors; Heart Diseases; Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions; Colorectal Neoplasms; Early Detection of Cancer; Colonoscopy; Colonography, Computed Tomographic; Sigmoidoscopy; Barium Enema.


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OncoLog, Volume 61, Number 03, March 2016