Best of Cancerwise 2016: Our experts’ most helpful insight
A cancer diagnosis can require you to expand your vocabulary, learn about treatment options and side effects, and ask questions you never thought you’d need to consider. Luckily, our experts can be great resources when it comes to expanding your knowledge.
At one time, chemobrain was considered temporary or an emotional or stressful reaction to having cancer. Today, through the research of neuropsychologists like Jeffrey Wefel, Ph.D., and Shelli Kesler, Ph.D., we better understand how certain chemotherapy agents actually induce brain damage.
Some cancer treatments can affect patients’ fertility. So, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your fertility concerns as early as possible. “The earlier you have the conversation, the more options you have if you decide to pursue fertility preservation treatment,” says Terri Woodard, M.D., head of the MD Anderson Oncofertility Consult Service.
Up to half of all cancer deaths could be prevented with healthy lifestyle changes. Read our Q&A with Dr. Ernest Hawk to learn how our Moon Shots Program is leading the way to end cancer not just through research and treatment innovations, but also through cancer prevention.
Diagnostic imaging scans such as MRIs, PET scans and CT scans help our doctors stage a patient's cancer and determine the best course of treatment. While some patients may worry about the radiation exposure, our doctors go to great lengths to ensure they use only the amount of radiation necessary to get the answers they need.
“If you look at our data for the past six years in interventional radiology, we have consistently decreased radiation exposure by 30-40% on average,” says Kyle Jones, Ph.D. Learn more.