What if we could treat cancer with limited chemotherapy, radiation and surgery? Thanks to years of research in the field of immunotherapy, for some patients, that hypothetical may now be a reality. Immunotherapy uses a patient’s own immune system to fight off or prevent disease. This approach enhances or trains a patient’s white blood cells … Continue reading CAR-T therapy: Genetically re-engineering your cells to target cancer
Each year, Baylor Scott & White Health dedicates a week-long observance to celebrate our long-standing role as a leader in research and our ongoing efforts to continually improve patient care. This year, for the fifth annual Research Week at Baylor Scott & White, we’re honoring the Pioneers of the Past, Present and Future. From detecting … Continue reading Pioneering the past, present and future of research
For Cara East, MD, what started as a childhood fascination with science has grown into a career spent shaping the future of cardiovascular medicine through clinical research. As the medical director of the Soltero Cardiovascular Research Center, which she helped start more than 30 years ago, she plays a part in advancing medicine by adding … Continue reading Women in Medicine: Leading the way for women in clinical research
Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI) unveiled its latest endeavor aimed at taking the fight against pancreatic cancer to a new level. BSWRI received a $5.13 million federal grant from the NIH to continue its work to develop an early detection system for pancreatic cancer, the nation’s third-leading cause of cancer-related death. As more … Continue reading Pancreatic cancer: New research opens door to groundbreaking early detection system
Lifesaving it may be, organ transplantation carries a life sentence, so to speak — that is, anyone who receives a donor organ also gets a lifetime prescription for anti-rejection medication. It’s for good reason: These drugs suppress your immune system’s natural defenses so that your body doesn’t attack (or “reject”) the new organ. But in … Continue reading Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?
Current estimates are that nearly 6.5 million Americans over the age of 20 have heart failure. Public perception is that heart failure occurs when one’s heart stops beating completely. It’s seen as a single point in time when the heart simply fails to operate. The truth is far more complicated. Heart failure is a chronic, … Continue reading 4 discoveries that are transforming heart failure care
Insurance coverage questions often arise when someone considers taking part in a research study. They wonder what the costs will be and whether their insurance will cover it. Study consent forms can provide potential participants with valuable information, including the costs to the patient and/or the patient’s insurance company. Normally, there is a section in … Continue reading Where Do Medical Research and Health Insurance Meet?