- Post-mastectomy radiation may be unnecessary for patients with stage I and II breast cancer that has spread to only one lymph node. Research was conducted by Ranjna Sharma, M.D., fellow in MD Anderson’s Department of Surgical Oncology. Reported in May in the online edition of the Annals of Surgical Oncology.
- The National Osteoporosis Foundation has recognized the Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas for bringing together basic and clinical researchers and providing them with state-of-the-art tools to study bone diseases. Robert Gagel, M.D., professor and head of MD Anderson’s Division of Internal Medicine, is a co-director.
- A study shows that U.S. cancer centers recognize the importance of palliative care, although the depth, range and integration of programs and services widely vary. Research was conducted by David Hui, M.D., fellow in
MD Anderson’s Department of Palliative Care and Symptom Management and lead author. Reported in the March 17 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- Early life exposure to ultraviolet A light does not cause melanoma in a fish model, making it unlikely that UVA exposure has contributed to the increased incidence of melanoma over the past 30 years. Research was conducted by David Mitchell, Ph.D., professor in MD Anderson’s Department of Carcinogenesis, Science Park-Research Division in Smithville, Texas. Reported in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- TIME magazine has named Larry Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., to its 2010 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Professor and chair of MD Anderson’s Department of Lymphoma and Myeloma, Kwak is recognized for his 20-year commitment to the science of cancer vaccines, specifically a personalized therapy for follicular lymphoma, and is the first MD Anderson faculty member to receive this distinction.