Cancer urban legends: True or not true? Ask the experts (w/ VIDEO)

April 14, 2014 | by
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Deodorant, plastic bottles, grilled foods, artificial sweeteners, soy products … Do any of these products really cause cancer? With so many cancer myths and urban legends out there, why not ask the experts? They can debunk cancer myths while sharing cancer facts that matter, such as risk factors, prevention and the research underway at City of Hope. Join us on April 19 in Lancaster, Calif., to hear from Nimit Sudan, M.D., assistant clinical professor of medical oncology, and Vijay Trisal, M.D., medical director of City of Hope’s community practices and an associate clinical professor of surgical oncology. Or…

Colon cancer: Physicians explain the facts (w/VIDEO)

March 25, 2014 | by
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The exact causes of colorectal cancer are not completely understood, but many facts about the disease are well-known – as are ways to reduce one’s risk. In our “Ask the Experts: Colon Health” presentation (above), City of Hope physicians provide those facts. The video, recorded live, features colorectal cancer experts Donald David, M.D., chief of gastroenterology; Stephen M. Sentovich, M.D., M.B.A., clinical professor of surgery; and Marwan Fakih, M.D., co-director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program. They share their knowledge about colon cancer, including the importance of screenings, the risk factors for colon cancer, and details on colon cancer treatments. Some…

Colonoscopy screenings: Hear the myths, get the facts (w/VIDEO)

March 24, 2014 | by
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Colonoscopy may not be the most pleasant of procedures, but it is one that can save your life. According to the National Cancer Institute, getting colonoscopies at recommended intervals (for most people, this means starting at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter if the results are normal) can reduce colorectal cancer deaths by up to 70 percent. This is possible because the procedure can catch the cancer in its earlier stages, when it’s more treatable. Additionally, colonoscopies can detect and remove precancerous growths called polyps before they become malignant. Despite the proven benefits, many…

Appendix rupture led to surprise diagnosis of kidney cancer (VIDEO)

March 20, 2014 | by
“One day I had a pain in my side and ended up having my appendix rupture. During that time of the appendix rupturing, they discovered I had a large tumor covering most of my kidney,” said Joelle Hood, a learning center principal and a certified life coach. Hood’s doctor referred her to City of Hope, where she met urologic oncology specialist Clayton Lau, M.D., an assistant clinical professor. They discussed the best treatment option for her cancer and took it day by day from there. (more…)

Secondary thyroid cancers are more deadly, study finds (w/VIDEO)

March 14, 2014 | by
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Although thyroid tumors are rarely life-threatening, scientists have found that patients with secondary thyroid cancer (in other words, thyroid cancer that develops after the person has survived another cancer) are more likely to die of the disease compared to those whose thyroid cancer was as their primary — or first — cancer. The findings were published online in advance of print recently in the journal Cancer. In the study, the researchers analyzed more than 41,000 cases of thyroid cancer among teens and young adults (up to 39 years old). Approximately 3 percent of those cases were…

For low-risk prostate cancer, he chose ‘active surveillance’

March 6, 2014 | by
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When Ralph Richardson discovered that his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) reading was a 6, he told his primary care physician that he wanted to go to City of Hope. “I felt I was better off in a City of Hope environment, where it’s a cancer treatment specialty hospital. This is what they do,” Richardson said. At City of Hope, Richardson met with Jonathan Yamzon, M.D., clinical professor in the Prostate Cancer Program. “After Ralph’s biopsy revealed prostate cancer, we discussed the parameters used to stratify his risk of disease progression, and he fell into the ‘low-risk’…

HPV and cancer: 2 physicians explain links (W/VIDEO)

February 28, 2014 | by
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Once unknown to most people, HPV, or human papillomavirus, has become a subject of both worry and debate. It’s directly linked to cervical cancer, head and neck and other cancers, but many parents are reluctant to vaccinate their daughters against the disease. City of Hope’s recent “Ask the Experts” session “HPV and Links to Cancer” brought some clarity to the issues surrounding this now-common virus, answering questions about the connection between HPV and cancer. Ellie Maghami, M.D., chief of head and neck surgery at City of Hope, and Lily Lai, M.D., associate clinical professor of colorectal surgery,…

Brisk walking is enough to lower stroke risk, study finds (w/VIDEO)

February 26, 2014 | by
Wellness Wednesday: Get moving
When it comes to working out, harder and faster may not always be better. That’s what Sophia Wang, Ph.D., associate professor at City of Hope’s Department of Population Sciences, found about exercise and stroke risk when she looked into the connection between the two. Examining data from more than 133,000 women in the California Teachers Study, Wang and her team found that participants who regularly exercise at a moderate level (which includes brisk walking, recreational tennis, golf and bicycling on flat surfaces) are 20 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who do not…

Brain tumor research: 3 foundations back neural stem cell work

February 18, 2014 | by
Despite gradual improvements over the years, brain tumors remain particularly tricky to treat. Treatment can affect normal brain tissue, which can cause physical and cognitive impairment. One particularly challenging obstacle is the blood-brain barrier, which prevents cancer drugs from passing into the brain and attacking the tumor. Gutova is an assistant research professor of neurosciences . She may have found a way to get through that barrier — using neural stem cells. But Margarita Gutova, M.D., assistant research professor in the laboratory of Karen Aboody, M.D., professor in the Department of Neurosciences and the Division of Neurosurgery, in…

‘Ask the Experts: HPV and Links to Cancer’: What you need to know

February 11, 2014 | by
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What is HPV? How is it linked to cancer? How can I prevent it? Those are some of the questions many women have about human papillomavirus, or HPV. City of Hope physicians will provide the answers at our Feb. 20 “Ask the Experts” presentation. Mark Wakabayashi, chief of gynecologic oncology at City of Hope, will discuss the HPV vaccine and links to cervical cancer. The session, titled “HPV and Links to Cancer,” will feature three City of Hope experts.  Mark Wakabayashi, M.D., M.P.H., associate clinical professor and chief of gynecologic oncology, will focus on the virus’ connection to…