Patients often ask me whether taking birth control pills can increase the risk of getting cancer. A new study sheds more light on the answer, revealing that women who take oral contraception might be protected against some cancers for decades. Since the medication contains female hormones, researchers have been interested in determining whether there is … Continue reading Can birth control lower your risk of certain cancers?
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
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
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
Processed meat has been linked to a higher risk for colon cancer, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report finds. The organization designated processed meats like hot dogs, bacon and sausage into the Group 1 category alongside other carcinogenic substances like cigarettes, arsenic, alcohol and asbestos. Although the WHO classifies processed meats in the highest risk category, alongside … Continue reading Processed meat linked to cancer? Don’t panic, expert says
There is no doubt that olives and olive oil are part of a healthy diet and this is a large controlled research project which gives it credibility. The oil itself is special because compared to the other monounsaturated fats it has around 72 percent oleic acid which is peri-oxidation resistant and has many other antioxidant … Continue reading Could olive oil cut the risk of breast cancer?
Amy Culley has worked as a nurse here at Baylor Scott & White Health for more than 10 years. More than two years ago, she received the worst news of her life. At age 38, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Since that time, she has become a passionate advocate for supportive and palliative care … Continue reading Thanks to end-of-life care, Amy Culley isn’t dying — she’s living
In September, we told you about the work of hundreds of volunteers to bring to life a mural dedicated to those touched by cancer. The work over two days at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center was part of the Hope Murals Project, a national competition in its 10th year. The painters created a … Continue reading Hope Mural painting comes to life at Baylor Sammons Cancer Center [video]
More than 100 people today helped paint a mural at the Baylor Dallas campus in support of those touched by cancer. The work took place at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center as part of the two-day Hope Murals Project, a national competition in its 10th year. Volunteers are painting a large version of … Continue reading Hope Mural painting underway at Baylor Sammons Cancer Center
For certain cancers that affect the blood or lymphatic system, blood and bone marrow transplants are among the most effective treatments. And the good news is that the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center has one of the leading blood and bone marrow transplant (BMT) programs in the country. “Blood or bone marrow transplants are … Continue reading Treating Cancer at the Source