Can birth control lower your risk of certain cancers?

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?




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




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




Processed meat linked to cancer? Don’t panic, expert says

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