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Conquest Audio: Fall 2011

Conquest - Fall 2011


The audio version of Conquest is generously donated by Sight Into Sound (formerly Taping for the Blind). The narrator is Darrell K. Simmons.
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Conquest - Fall 2011 (1:39:51)

Learn about MD Anderson's new president, patient end-of-life issues, the important role of geriatricians, an exciting 3-D teaching tool, a $150 million grant that supports personalized cancer care and much more.



DePinho: Changing the Stories We Tell (7:12)

As MD Anderson's fourth full-time president, Ronald DePinho, M.D., is intent on bringing science in line with the daily practice of medicine in the clinic.

DePinho: Aging and Cancer (3:21)

Although presidential responsibilities take most of his time, Ronald DePinho, M.D., continues his research efforts to bring scientific knowledge to cancer patient care. However, he's narrowed his focus to areas in which he's most interested, including the intersection between aging and cancer.

DePinho: Having Fun While Staying on Message (2:35)

A guest appearance on "The Colbert Report" provided Ronald DePinho, M.D., an opportunity to connect with a younger audience about what's going on in science.

DePinho: From Martial Arts to Cloning Oncogenes (3:27)

Though a grand master would seem a non-traditional mentor for a physician-scientist, Ronald DePinho, M.D., credits Ik Jo Kang and martial arts with his being a good student.

Lynda Chin 'Powerful Voice in Science' (3:46)

Described by Ronald DePinho, M.D., as "an extraordinary scientist," Lynda Chin, M.D., is actively involved in "one of the most ambitious projects in the history of life sciences."

Journey Into Reality (10:34)

Hundreds of health care professionals from the Greater Houston area and farther away have benefited from Bus Rounds during the past 11 years, learning to identify the complex issues that patients face near the end of life.

A Quiet Crisis (8:09)

Cancer is a disease of aging, and our society is aging. This presents problems in decisions about the best treatment choices and emphasizes the increasing importance of geriatricians, specialists in the care of elders.

Support for Those Aging With Cancer (2:10)

More than 60% of new cancers are diagnosed in people 65 years or older. Patients in this age group often face challenges, such as isolation, loss of independence, financial hardship and difficulty with mobility. An MD Anderson support group is addressing these concerns.

SEER Database 'Exceptional Resource' (3:06)

Elderly patients are underrepresented in clinical trials, but that doesn't mean their experiences and outcomes have been lost or forgotten. Sharon Giordano, M.D., used data from the SEER-Medicare database as the basis for more than a dozen studies.

A Firm Foundation (8:18)

Education has formed the foundation for MD Anderson since it was established in 1941. Today, the latest teaching tool at the School of Health Professions is generating excitement for instructors and students.

3D Isn't Just for the Movies (2:45)

The latest teaching tool at the School of Health Professions has generated considerable excitement for instructors and students. The new Virtual Environmental Radiotherapy Training system creates a three-dimensional setting for radiation therapy students to learn how to treat patients.

A Memorable Day, a Rewarding Career (2:14)

In 2001, Christina Coleman became the first of 13 School of Health Professions students to receive baccalaureate degrees. Now, she's a senior cytogenetic technologist at MD Anderson.

Largest-Ever Contribution to MD Anderson (5:58)

A $150 million grant pays tribute to His Highness, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his sons, and makes possible a new technologically advanced building, endowed professorships and a center for pancreatic cancer research.

Picture This: Blood Bank (3:55)

MD Anderson's patients require approximately 150 units of red blood cells and 500 units of platelets every day. They count on the institution's Blood Bank and the kindness of donors to provide these vital resources.

Signs of Hope: Childhood Cancer Survivors (5:22)

For children diagnosed with cancer, powerful healing therapies don't always come in the form of surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. At MD Anderson, there is a program that relies on something entirely different — art.

Moving Forward: Karissa Ma (3:09)

October holds special meaning for Karissa Ma. This October, she will celebrate her seventh wedding anniversary, the birth of her first child, and that she is a six-year breast cancer survivor.



Answers for Long-Term Smokers (3:30)

Hope is on the horizon for current and former smokers with findings that CT scanning may reduce lung cancer deaths by 20%.

Doctor Steps to the Fore (3:36)

Hagop Kantarjian, M.D., raises awareness about the shortage of vital drugs, like cytarabine, for certain leukemia patients.

First of Its Kind for ALL (1:12)

A drug combining an antibody packaged with a potent chemotherapy agent has shown one of the highest response rates ever for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

A Changing Landscape for Melanoma (1:26)

The first positive, randomized vaccine study for advanced melanoma, and one of the first in cancer overall, has shown the benefit of using the body's own defense system to attack tumor cells without destroying healthy tissue.

Yoga Better Than Simple Stretching (1:15)

Researchers presented initial findings from the first study comparing the benefits of yoga against those of simple stretching exercises for women with breast cancer.

Discovery Holds Promise for Certain Head and Neck Cancers (1:29)

The first comprehensive studies of genetic variations in head and neck squamous cell cancers have uncovered mutations that  may help refine treatment for patients with the disease.

Tool Predicts Therapy Response (1:01)

Researchers have developed a new test to predict which patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer have excellent probability of response and survival following chemotherapy.


Cancer Briefings

MD Anderson Heads to Space (2:14)

MD Anderson's international reputation for fighting cancer helped launch a piece of the institution to the International Space Station.

A 'Lantern of Hope' Shines in Arizona (1:36)

In September 2011, cancer patients began passing beneath the Lantern of Hope that  marks the entrance to the new Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz.

Intelligent Design and Wide-Open Spaces (2:35)

MD Anderson's new Mid Campus 1 Building is a mix of curves and strong lines, glass and granite, resonating with nautical undertones. And at 25 stories, it's a striking addition to the Texas Medical Center.

MD Anderson Retains Top Ranking (1:50)

For the fifth straight year, MD Anderson is the leading hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to the "Best Hospitals" survey published annually by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

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