Listen and view the videos of Dr. William Wierda of MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Brian Koffman in the discussion of immunity in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and how it relates to the emerging immune therapies now underway in clinical trials. In a second interview Dr. Wierda discusses new and old prognostic factors in CLL.
The Sun Conundrum: Balancing Known Risk With Possible Benefit. Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays is associated with the development of melanoma, a potentially fatal malignancy. However, data continue to suggest that exposure to sunlight increases vitamin D synthesis, which may help prevent heart disease and cancers of the prostate, colon, and breast. How can you help your patients balance the risk of sun exposure with the benefits of obtaining adequate vitamin D? It’s easier than you think!
Does Every Adult Patient Need Aspirin? Your patients are likely to ask you about a meta-analysis just published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showing that while aspirin may reduce the risk of heart attack in middle-aged adults without known heart disease, the benefits are only modest.
PSA Testing: More Harm Than Good? The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a draft document recommending against prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. This recommendation applies to asymptomatic men, regardless of age, race, or family history.
News About Smoking and Tobacco Products. Current cigarette smokers have a higher risk of bladder cancer than previously reported, and the risk for women is now comparable with that of men, according to a scientific study from the National Cancer Institute.