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

JuJuOnThatChemo! Ana-Alecia takes a different approach to cancer treatment

Chances are you’ve seen or heard about Ana-Alecia Ayala’s story by now. She’s the Dallas mother diagnosed with a rare form of cancer who recorded herself dancing to ‘Juju on That Beat’ during a chemotherapy session in the Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. The video of Ana-Alecia dancing …





Continue reading JuJuOnThatChemo! Ana-Alecia takes a different approach to cancer treatment

Rebuilding confidence: Breast reconstruction is more than just cosmetic

Breast reconstruction is often the final step for women after enduring the highs and lows of cancer. These women deserve to look and feel like themselves again, and I tell each one — this is your happy place. Most women are candidates for some form of breast reconstruction, whether they have had removed their breast …





Continue reading Rebuilding confidence: Breast reconstruction is more than just cosmetic

I’m a physician and a breast cancer survivor

Three years ago I was given a diagnosis by my doctor that would change my life. I had breast cancer — invasive ductal carcinoma-estrogen and progesterone positive, HER negative. How could this happen? I was 41. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) algorithm for predicting at-risk patients and helping physicians decide who should have …





Continue reading I’m a physician and a breast cancer survivor