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Is Houston Really a Better Place for Cancer Treatment?

Posted on · Part of the narrative of Greater Houston is that it’s a good place to be if you should have to contend with cancer. We not only have the Texas Medical Center here, but we’re the home of MD Anderson Cancer Center. So, clearly, if you’re going to have to have cancer in Texas, this is […]

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Since It’s Not Mandatory, Doctors Struggle to Convince Parents of the Need for HPV Vaccine

Posted on · In 2007, then-Texas Governor Rick Perry issued an executive order mandating all 11- and 12-year-old girls in the state get a vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus). Later that year, the state legislature passed a bill vacating the governor’s order. Some wondered whether the governor had been bought by Merck, the manufacturer of the HPV vaccine […]

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The Benefits of Learning About Chemotherapy With Other Patients

Posted on · Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a scary road ahead. According to the CDC, it causes more deaths than any other female reproductive system cancer. In an effort to ease suffering and fear — and hopefully encourage positive results in treatment — MD Anderson Fellow Dr. Lauren Prescott spearheaded a pilot study examining the value of “shared […]

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Is Houston a Compassionate City?

Posted on · A while back, a listener wrote to us to say they witnessed a man having a stroke in a public place, and that no one stopped to help him. How many of us have passed a homeless person and struggled with whether to offer them assistance? Or cut someone off in traffic when it was, […]

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Local Doctor Asks Cancer Patients, Survivors to Join Campaign Against High Drug Costs

Posted on · Dr. Hagop Kantarjian’s is calling on cancer patients and survivors to join a grassroots effort in denouncing the high cost of cancer drugs. The chair of MD Anderson Cancer Center’s leukemia department initially launched a campaign about two years ago, but says little has happened since those initial efforts. Now, Dr. Kantarjian says the only […]