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Conquest magazine highlights MD Anderson’s new cancer research and treatments, innovative patient services, programs and facilities, strategies to prevent cancer, and human interest stories about patients, donors, faculty, staff and volunteers.

Conquest Spring 09 CoverOn the cover:

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Nancy Almon prepares a patient for a pain-relieving, paravertebral block before outpatient surgery.

Listen to the full publication of Spring 2009 Conquest generously recorded and donated by Taping for the Blind, Inc. The publication is read by Laura Upton.


Two Plus Two May Equal Better Treatment
The combination of two standard therapies and two targeted therapies proves to be safe and may improve survival for patients. 

Dicer and Drosha Run Interference
The level of two proteins vital to a cell's gene-silencing machinery in a woman's ovarian cancer are strongly associated with her likelihood of survival.

Novel Biomarker Forces Cells to Eat Themselves
A research team has discovered that a protein known to inhibit the growth of ovarian cancer works in part by forcing cancer cells to eat themselves until they die.

The Power of a Single Gene
Variations in a common gene pathway may affect the risk of esophageal cancer, a dangerous and rapidly increasing type of cancer that now ranks sixth in cancer-related deaths worldwide.

Supplements Don’t Hold the Answers
Results from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) have shown that neither of these supplements taken alone or in combination for an average of 5 1/2 years prevents prostate cancer.


Putting a Face to the Disease
The patient advocate research team is an essential and required component of each Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute. Three patients share their advocacy experiences.

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?
More than 4,000 patients pass through Mays Clinic’s outpatient operating room each year. By streamlining scheduling and procedures, and addressing issues of pain early, physicians can allow most patients to return home within 24 hours.

Increasingly Treatable
Researchers are developing new drugs, including immunotherapies, trying new combinations and exploring ways to improve transplants as they push to make myeloma a chronic disease and develop potential cures.

Tough Decisions for Young Women
A new study helps identify women with cancer in one breast who are at high risk of developing cancer in the other breast. A patient shares the story of why she chose contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.

The Cancer Crusade
James Olson, Ph.D., took eight years to sift through nearly seven decades of documents and weave together the history of M. D. Anderson and his own cancer journey in a book published this spring by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Cancer Briefings

A Sweet Addition for Sugar Land
M. D. Anderson and St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital are bringing innovative cancer care to southwest Houston by fall 2009.

Talk of the Town
Since 1990, A Conversation With a Living Legend luncheons in Houston, Dallas, and Washington, D.C., have raised more than $8 million for research, patient care and educational initiatives.

Long-Time Survivors ‘RENEWed’
A home-based program to improve exercise and diet led to significant, clinically meaningful improvement in body weight and physical function among older long-term cancer survivors.

Moving Forward

Ify Ezeobele
Lymphoma patient turns ‘devastation’ into achievement with doctorate degree