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Understanding the biology of tumors

Understanding the biology of tumors

When people hear “tumor” they typically, and immediately, associate the word with cancer. However, one of the most important points to remember is that a tumor isn’t only made up of cancer cells, necessarily. There are nervous, immune and vascular system components, such as nerve cells, immune cells and blood vessels. All of these elements … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Breaking ground

Throwback Thursday: Breaking ground

Did you know that the nation’s first nuclear protein laboratory was organized at Baylor College of Medicine? In this 1972 photo from Inside Baylor Medicine (a predecessor of BCM Family), courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine Archives, Drs. Wesley Starbuck (left) and Mark Olsen (right) examine a protein model. The lab, which was created under … Continue reading

Well woman exams should go beyond the Pap smear

Well woman exams should go beyond the Pap smear

When we hear about the importance of the well woman exam, many of us immediately think about Pap smear. While this is a critical aspect of maintaining gynecological health, Dr. Tara Harris, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, believes the well woman exam should help treat issues that cover emotional … Continue reading

Colon polyps: Detection is key to preventing cancer

Colon polyps: Detection is key to preventing cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control, colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. If you’re aged 50 and older, your chance of being diagnosed with colon cancer increases significantly. Most colon cancers start in small growths called polyps. The diagnosis and removal of colon polyps is vital to … Continue reading

A look back at 2015 at Baylor

A look back at 2015 at Baylor

Before we close the books on 2015 and start a new year, we invite you to take a look back at a year packed with achievements and celebrations. Join us as we relive the highlights in education, research, healthcare and more at Baylor College of Medicine. Comprehensive Designation Baylor’s Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center … Continue reading

Three ways to improve gut health

Three ways to improve gut health

With incidence of heartburn and obesity increasing in the United States, gastrointestinal problems are becoming more common. Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor of medicine – gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine, offers three tips for improved gut health. Avoid large meals Eating large meals, especially those containing fatty and fried foods, can slow down … Continue reading

Three reasons to quit smoking before reconstructive breast surgery

Three reasons to quit smoking before reconstructive breast surgery

Breast reconstruction can help breast cancer survivors feel physically and emotionally complete. New treatments, as well as improved reconstructive surgery techniques, mean that women who have breast cancer today have more choices for reconstruction and better outcomes. If you are thinking about having reconstructive surgery, talk about it with your breast surgeon and a plastic … Continue reading

Know your breast cancer risk factors

Know your breast cancer risk factors

New guidelines on when women should be screened for breast cancer have been released by the American Cancer Society. Our breast imaging expert wants women to know that these guidelines only apply to women with an average risk of breast cancer. “The American Cancer Society guideline changes relate only to those women of average risk,” … Continue reading

Strutting for a breast cancer cure

Strutting for a breast cancer cure

More than 400 dedicated advocates, clinicians and scientists joined together Sep. 25 to strut for a breast cancer cure as part of the 5th annual Neiman Marcus Stiletto Strut benefitting the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine. The event raised more than $300,000 in critical funding for breast cancer research … Continue reading

Checklist for a healthy lifestyle

Checklist for a healthy lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle could be a sure way to stay out of the doctor’s office. With that in mind, Jeffrey Steinbauer, M.D., chief medical information officer and professor of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, recently shared his secret formula for good health.

Care for all helps drive Baylor cancer programs

Care for all helps drive Baylor cancer programs

At the recent Baylor College of Medicine Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony, Dr. Kent Osborne, director of Baylor’s Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, was honored with the 2015 Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism. Each winner submits a written statement of professionalism. Below … Continue reading

Ask the expert: What to know about ovarian cancer

Ask the expert: What to know about ovarian cancer

Often referred to as the “silent killer,” ovarian cancer‘s mild symptoms can go undiagnosed in its early stages. Dr. Marian Yvette Williams-Brown, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and a member of the surgical oncology team in the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, breaks down … Continue reading

Save your voice: Stop smoking

Save your voice: Stop smoking

For more than 40 years, public health officials and doctors have warned about the many negative effects smoking has on a person’s body and health, including vocal health. Smoking causes swelling and inflammation of the larynx and vocal cords, which can affect the voice. More seriously, smoking can increase the risk for vocal fold cancer … Continue reading

The heroes in plain sight

The heroes in plain sight

Walking among us, usually unbeknownst to us, are people who have experienced war. My grandfather and two of his brothers fought with the U.S. Army in Europe during the war. One of my great uncles went ashore at Normandy on D-Day. My grandfather and my other great uncle soon followed with the waves of Allied … Continue reading

Celebrating strides on #WhiteOutCancerDay

Celebrating strides on #WhiteOutCancerDay

In recognition of National Cancer Immunotherapy Month and today’s “White Out Cancer Day,” we celebrate significant advances in immunotherapy and its ability to treat cancer. The Texas Medical Center is home to one of the leading centers making strides in the field – the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, a collaborative initiative between Baylor … Continue reading

Skin cancer: Reduce your risks

Skin cancer: Reduce your risks

Baylor College of Medicine dermatologist Dr. Ida Orengo says there are two easy precautions you can take to help reduce your risk for developing skin cancer: slather on broad spectrum sunscreen and see a dermatologist regularly for early detection skin cancer screenings. “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in humans,” she said. “It affects … Continue reading

Endoscopy: How does it work and what are the benefits?

Endoscopy: How does it work and what are the benefits?

Have an endoscopy scheduled or just curious about the procedure? Dr. Hashem El-Serag, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine, says patients shouldn’t fear having the procedure. He dispels myths and explains the importance of having an endoscopy and screening for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer in the Q&A below. Q: What … Continue reading

Preventing head and neck cancers with HPV vaccine

Preventing head and neck cancers with HPV vaccine

Each year approximately 6.2 million Americans are infected with the most common sexually transmitted disease, the human papilloma virus (HPV). Not only is HPV the causative agent in many base of tongue and tonsil cancers, it is also the culprit in virtually all cervical cancers.  

Baylor couple providing cancer care in Africa

Baylor couple providing cancer care in Africa

As a medical student, Dr. Jeremy Slone developed an interest in global health. He also was interested in pediatric oncology, but he didn’t know how to blend the two. He has found the perfect way to combine his medical interests – through the International Center at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. Slone, assistant professor of pediatrics at … Continue reading

Baylor co-sponsored tissue collection event a success

Baylor co-sponsored tissue collection event a success

On Feb. 28, Baylor College of Medicine, with the Houston affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the local Pink Ribbons Project organization, made a big contribution to the fight against breast cancer and the mission to understand the differences in healthy and cancerous breast tissue.

Exploiting cancer’s Achilles’ heel

Exploiting cancer’s Achilles’ heel

What drives innovation? For Dr. Trey Westbrook it’s a personal mission to find new treatments for invasive breast cancer. His work focuses on the genetic mechanisms and key targets for treating triple-negative breast cancer.