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The link between obesity and cancer risk (w/PODCAST)

July 27, 2015 | by
obesity and cancer

Misagh Karimi specializes in hematology-oncology at City of Hope ǀ Corona.

Many Americans understand that obesity is tied to heart disease and diabetes but, according to a new survey, too few – only 7 percent – know that obesity increases the risk of cancer.

Specific biological characteristics can increase cancer risk in obese people, and multiple studies have shown correlations between obesity and cancer recurrence, such as with breast, colon, esophageal and other cancers.

Here, medical oncologist Misagh Karimi, M.D., discusses  the connection between obesity and cancer.

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Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what’s required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.


Learn about cutaneous T cell lymphoma (w/PODCAST)

July 20, 2015 | by
Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma

Christiane Querfeld is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist with advanced fellowship training in cutaneous lymphoma. Her clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis, care and management of patients with cutaneous lymphoma and related diseases.

Cutaneous T cell lymphomas are types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that arise when infection-fighting white blood cells in the lymphatic system – called lymphocytes – become malignant and affect the skin.

A primary symptom is a rash that arises initially in areas of the skin that are not normally exposed to sunlight. From phototherapy to topical creams, the first defense is to relieve the itching.

But is it eczema? Is it psoriasis? When do you suspect cutaneous T cell lymphoma?

Mycosis fungoides is the most common type of cutaneous T cell lymphoma. Here, Christiane Querfeld, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Cutaneous Lymphoma Program at City of Hope, discusses the disease, its diagnosis and its treatment.

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For other interviews with City of Hope experts,  go to our list of City of Hope podcasts.

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Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what’s required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.


New trends and developments in bladder cancer (w/PODCAST)

July 13, 2015 | by
bladder cancer

Bertram Yuh is a urological cancers expert at City of Hope, an institution known for its cancer treatment and research.

Bladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the bladder.

Among both men and women, the rates of new cancers have decreased in recent years. Death rates, meanwhile, have declined among women and have held stable among men.

Specialists at City of Hope are internationally recognized experts in the treatment of bladder cancer. As one of a few institutions to attain the elite designation of comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in cancer research and treatment.

City of Hope also offers numerous bladder cancer clinical trials and is constantly working to develop and deliver the latest treatment strategies for any stage of bladder cancer.

In this podcast, Bertram Yuh, M.D., discusses bladder cancer, how a person can lower his or her risk and what types of developments have been made in bladder cancer treatment in the past few years.

 

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For other interviews with City of Hope experts,  go to our list of City of Hope podcasts.

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Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what’s required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.


Nipple-sparing mastectomies and the rising rate of bilateral mastectomies (w/PODCAST)

July 6, 2015 | by
mastectomies

Laura L. Kruper discusses breast cancer surgery and the latest advancements in reconstruction.

Approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Although the disease can have a profound impact on the patient and her loved ones, it can often be effectively treated with surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.

Skin- and nipple-sparing surgeries, as well as plastic and reconstructive procedures – individually and combined – can effectively treat breast cancer while minimizing impact to physical appearance. City of Hope offers the latest advances in the surgical management of breast cancer provided by specialized surgeons. For patients with small tumors and early-stage breast cancer, breast-conserving surgery is a treatment option providing optimal cancer surgery while achieving excellent cosmetic outcomes.

Here, Laura L. Kruper, M.D., discusses breast cancer surgery and all the latest advancements in reconstruction.

 

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For other interviews with City of Hope experts,  go to our list of City of Hope podcasts.

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Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what’s required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.


What you need to know about melanoma and other skin cancers (w/PODCAST)

July 4, 2015 | by
skin cancer

Hans Schoellhammer is the assistant clinical professor of surgical oncology at City of Hope ǀ Antelope Valley. Here, he discusses the risk factors for skin cancer.

City of Hope is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and precancerous conditions. Our multidisciplinary team of health care professionals takes an integrated approach to treating this disease by combining the latest research findings with outstanding patient care.

In this podcast, Hans Schoellhammer, M.D., surgical oncologist at City of Hope, discusses ways to avoid skin cancer. He also explains the warning signs of skin cancer, why skin cancers are on the rise and the risk factors for skin cancer.

 

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For other interviews with City of Hope experts,  go to our list of City of Hope podcasts.

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Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what’s required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.


Colon cancer: Why screening absolutely saves lives (w/PODCAST)

June 22, 2015 | by
Colon Cancer

Stephen M. Sentovich is a clinical professor in the Department of Surgery with extensive experience in the surgical treatment and management of colon and rectal cancers.

The colon and rectum are parts of the body’s gastrointestinal system, also called the digestive tract.

After food is digested in the stomach and nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine, the remaining material moves down into the lower large intestine (colon) where water and nutrients are absorbed. The lower parts of the digestive tract include the rectum and anus, through which stool (solid waste) travels as it passes from the body.

Possible signs of colon cancer and/or rectum cancer include a change in bowel habits or blood in the stool. These and other symptoms may be caused by colon and/or rectum cancer.

Here, Stephen Sentovich, M.D., M.B.A., discusses colon cancer and how early screening can save lives.

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For other interviews with City of Hope experts,  go to our list of City of Hope podcasts.

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Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what’s required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.


Melanoma: The ABCDE guide to potentially cancerous moles

May 1, 2015 | by

To detect melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, at its earliest, most treatable stage, conduct a head-to-toe skin self-examination once a month to check for suspicious moles.

 

ABCDE Guide for Skin Cancer Self-exam for cancerous moles

Unusual, or atypical, moles can ultimately develop into skin cancer. Here is the ABCDE guide to potentially cancerous moles:

A = Asymmetry
The two halves of the mole do not match when you draw a line through the middle.

B = Border
The mole has an uneven border.

C = Color
The mole has multiple shades of tan, brown or black or has unusual colors such as red, purple or blue.

D = Diameter
The mole is larger than 6mm in diameter (or the size of a pencil eraser).

E = Evolution
The mole has changed in size, shape or color over time.

If you have a suspicious mole, contact your primary care doctor or a dermatologist for further evaluation. For more information about melanoma and other types of skin cancer, visit www.cityofhope.org/skin-cancer.

Sources: American Cancer Society and Skin Cancer Foundation

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Lifestyle and cancer: Questions answered, myths debunked

April 13, 2015 | by

Sure, a healthy lifestyle can lower a person’s risk, but the impact of specific actions is harder to tease out. Diet, exercise, tobacco use, nutritional supplements, alcohol consumption … How important are each of these factors, individually? Does strict adherence to (or rejection of) one get you a pass on the others?

Hold off on the binge. Amid so much confusion about lifestyle and cancer, why not ask the experts at City of Hope? They can debunk misconceptions about cancer while sharing cancer facts that matter, such as the reality of risk factors, prevention measures and the research underway at City of Hope.

Join us on April 25 in Simi Valley, California, for Ask the Experts “Cancer Urban Legends: Lifestyle” and hear physicians explain the connection between lifestyle and cancer, specifically the underlying facts of how our choices impact our health. » Continue Reading


The environment and cancer: Are you at risk? (w/VIDEO)

March 19, 2015 | by

How does the environment affect our health? Specifically, how does it affect our risk of cancer?

City of Hope physicians and researchers recently answered those questions in an Ask the Experts event in Corona, California, explaining the underlying facts about how the environment can affect our health.

Moderator Linda H. Malkas, Ph.D., associate chair and professor of molecular and cellular biology, led the discussion, giving voice to the concerns that many people have about the environment and cancer risk, and asking tough questions of the panelists.

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Colorectal cancer: What our experts have to say

March 12, 2015 | by

Colorectal cancer may be one of the most common cancers in both men and women, but it’s also one of the most curable cancers. Today, because of effective screening tests and more advanced treatment options, there are more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States.

Here, colorectal cancer experts Donald David, M.D., clinical professor and chief of City of Hope’s Division of Gastroenterology, and Stephen Sentovich, M.D., a clinical professor of surgery at City of Hope, explain the importance of colorectal screening and the growing list of treatments for the disease.

On who is most at risk:

Sentovich: “In the U.S., we are all at risk of colon and rectal cancer. It can occur at any age, but the incidence increases as we age, particularly as we get over 50 years of age. For both men and women here in the U.S., the lifetime chance of getting colon and rectal cancer is about 5 percent. In some families, the risk is much higher due to genetic risk factors.” » Continue Reading