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Posts tagged: oncology

Radiation Therapy for Cancer – Dr. Lewis G. Smith

It has been known since the 19th century that radiation will kill cancer cells. The challenge has been to use radiation effectively while doing minimum damage to healthy tissue. Advances in radiation therapy technology have rendered radiation a much more effective weapon in the battle against many cancers.

What is radiation oncology? (first question)

How does radiation kill cancer cells? (skip to 1:26)

How effective is radiation in treating cancer? (skip to 3:10)

What types of cancers are typically treated with radiation? (skip to 4:27)

How is the decision made to use radiation, chemotherapy or both in treating cancer? (skip to 5:22)

How has radiation therapy improved? (skip to 6:20)

What are the potential side effects to treating cancer with radiation? (skip to 9:53)

The U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler has a new linear accelerator which delivers radiation treatment to patients. How is it different from most linear accelerators? (skip to 13:08)

What does the future hold for radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer? (skip to 16:34)

Breast Cancer Surgery – Dr. Ed Sauter

Surgery is more often than not a front-line attack against a diagnosis of breast cancer. But what type of surgery performed by what type of surgeon? These are the questions addressed by the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. Ed Sauter in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

Why is surgery the first line of attack against breast cancer? (first question)

What are the surgical options for treating breast cancer? (skip to 0:31)

What is the difference between ‘mastectomy’ and ‘radical mastectomy?’ (skip to 1:07)

If breast cancer surgery becomes necessary, what are the advantages to having a surgeon who specializes in cancer? (skip to 1:55)

What factors influence a woman’s decision regarding her options for breast cancer surgery? (skip to 2:49)

Do surgery and radiation automatically go together in treating breast cancer? (skip to 3:31)

A growing number of women, especially younger women, are choosing to have both breasts removed as a preventive measure, even if only one breast is affected by cancer. What is driving this trend and is it a good idea? (skip to 3:58)

Some women who have a strong family history of breast cancer but no symptoms and no diagnosis of breast cancer themselves elect to have both breasts removed as a precaution against the disease. What are your thoughts on this? (skip to 5:11)

Is it better to wait until after breast cancer surgery before considering or beginning reconstruction? (skip to 6:22)

Do breast reconstruction or augmentation negatively impact the chance of detecting a new or recurring breast cancer? (skip to 7:18)

Is there anything a woman can do to reduce the likelihood of getting breast cancer? (skip to 8:39)

Are there lifestyle choices that are important with respect to avoiding breast cancer? (skip to 10:35)

Fighting Back Against a Diagnosis of Cancer – Deirdre Leung, NP

A cancer diagnosis is never good news but the fight against the disease is winnable in many cases with the right therapy, the right support and the right attitude. In this post to Health Connection.TV, Oncology Nurse Practitioner Deirdre Leung of the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler talks about putting up the best possible fight against a diagnosis of cancer.

Can you really fight cancer? (first question)

Why is exercise important in fighting cancer? (skip to 0:48)

Are there cancer fighting foods? (skip to 1:09)

What role, if any, do holistic treatments such as detoxification, heat treatment and herbal therapy play in the fight against cancer? (skip to 2:16)

How important are support groups in fighting cancer? (skip to 3:54)

What role does spiritual wellness play in fighting cancer? (skip to 5:03)

Does having a positive mental attitude impact the fight against cancer? (skip to 6:03)

Describe the character traits of someone who does well in fighting cancer? (skip to 6:58)