Trumpet player striking ‘blows’ against blood cancer

Ryan Anthony has always spoken through his trumpet. Then, suddenly, his trumpet was telling him that something was wrong. Anthony, a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra whose musical skills have taken him around the world, was getting chest and back pains when he performed. “That brought me in to the doctor,” Anthony said. “It … Continue reading Trumpet player striking ‘blows’ against blood cancer




Why immunotherapy is the next frontier for treating disease

Normally, the immune system protects the body from diseases by recognizing foreign attackers and combatting them. But sometimes, the immune system doesn’t function properly, allowing conditions to worsen, and sometimes the immune system malfunctions and attack a person’s own body. In these cases, immunotherapy can help harness the power of your own immune system, acting as the armor, support and … Continue reading Why immunotherapy is the next frontier for treating disease




Therapeutic vaccine for triple negative breast cancer, a breakthrough in cancer research

Back in the 1970s, mastectomy was the only accepted surgical option for breast cancer treatment. A lot has changed since then, including steadily increasing breast cancer survival rates, more sophisticated diagnostic techniques and a wide range of treatment options. What remains the same, however, is that the earlier you can catch cancer, the better your chances … Continue reading Therapeutic vaccine for triple negative breast cancer, a breakthrough in cancer research




Dendritic cell vaccine aims to prevent cancer in those with HPV

Since 2006, vaccines have been available in the U.S. for preteens to prevent infection from the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, as well as some cancers of the vagina, vulva, penis, anus, rectum and throat. But what about those who already are infected by HPV? The U.S. Centers for Disease … Continue reading Dendritic cell vaccine aims to prevent cancer in those with HPV




Cooking classes offer cancer patients a different type of support

Barbara Edwards is a cancer survivor who recently discovered a renewed passion for cooking. “I’ve been coming to this class for two years,” Barbara said. “I now cook two-to-three times a week, share the class’ recipes on Facebook and with my non-profit group and my family always requests that I make certain dishes.” Barbara, who … Continue reading Cooking classes offer cancer patients a different type of support




Dendritic cell vaccines could revolutionize care for pancreatic cancer

Cancer is a master of disguise. Normally, our immune systems can quickly destroy abnormal cells. But tumors are tricky — they are able to confuse the attacking immune cells, or hide altogether. “When the immune system recognizes a cancer cell, there is no doubt it will kill that cell,” said Carlos Becerra, MD, medical director … Continue reading Dendritic cell vaccines could revolutionize care for pancreatic cancer




Smoking triggers hundreds of permanent DNA mutations every year

If you’re still smoking, new research might motivate you to finally kick the habit. A study recently published in the journal Science shows cigarettes can trigger hundreds of DNA mutations in vital organs every year. There’s already a large body of evidence linking smoking with cancer, but now we have new insight into how tobacco … Continue reading Smoking triggers hundreds of permanent DNA mutations every year




Ana-Alecia’s infectious attitude defies cancer in Chemo Dance Party 2.0

She’s baaack!! Ana-Alecia Ayala wants to make you smile. If you don’t believe that, then watch the video of her dancing during a chemotherapy session at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas that has already been viewed by millions of people. Take a look at the infectious segment of her visit to the Ellen DeGeneres show inspiring … Continue reading Ana-Alecia’s infectious attitude defies cancer in Chemo Dance Party 2.0