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Fall 2014: The human papillomavirus and the cancers it causes can be prevented with a vaccine. Unfortunately, not enough young people are getting it. Also in this issue: An update on the Moon Shots Program’s progress, the work of the Skull Base Tumor Program, it’s prom night at Camp AOK and more.


Cover story

The cancer prevention vaccine

Close to 80 million people in America currently are infected with the human papillomavirus, more commonly known as HPV. MD Anderson doctors are working to stop HPV-related diseases by increasing awareness and accessibility to what some call the cancer prevention vaccine.

Braving a surgical no man's land

The doctors of the Skull Base Surgery Program are going where no surgeons would go before. Bringing together neurosurgeons, head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists and other health care professionals, the program treats patients who develop tumors at the base or “floor” of the skull, where the brain sits. This region includes the area behind the eyes and nose.

The giver

Seasoned volunteer Ervin Grice is so good at giving that they asked him to teach others the right way to do it. For the past seven years, he has volunteered as a patient advocate in MD Anderson’s Emergency Center, where patients receive after-hours critical care. His main role, he says, is to provide a calming and caring presence.

Cancer Frontline

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Conquest iPad app

MD Anderson’s award-winning Conquest magazine is available on the iPad. If you want to combine the design of the print version with the convenience of your tablet, then the iPad version is for you. It’s filled with multimedia extras and features sleek, user-friendly navigation.

Features

Tracking the trajectory

Since being announced in 2012, the Moon Shots Program has launched new approaches in surgery, targeted therapies, drug combinations and more. Get up to speed on the progress in
accelerating the end of cancer.

 

Serving the underserved

The World Health Organization predicts Africa will have more cancer cases than any other country in the world by 2020.
MD Anderson and the African Cancer Institute are teaming up to advance the prevention, diagnosis and management of cancer across the continent.

Forgetting cancer on a night to remember

The annual Camp AOK prom, which is held each August as part of a weeklong summer camp for “Anderson’s Older Kids,” gives cancer patients and their siblings a chance to dress up and get down. Check out some photos of the prom night fun.

 

Beating lymphoma into remission with a one-two punch

Dan Minton was blindsided by his lymphoma diagnosis, which grounded the part-time aviator. “I was devastated, to say the least, because I’ve always been very healthy and active,” he says. But a clinical trial helped him tackle the disease without chemo. Nearly 80,000 in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease this year, according to the American Cancer Society. 

Big data = Big gains for cancer research

Scientific “treasure hunters” dig deep into mountains of data to better understand how and why cancers form.

 

Taking care of the nurses

Meet four winners of the Arceneaux Award, MD Anderson’s highest nursing honor. Established by The Brown Foundation Inc.and named for a director of nursing who died of pancreatic cancer, the annual award also comes with a $15,000 prize.