Allie Casey

Making Progress for Myelodysplastic Syndrome

July 25, 2017

In an interview with CURE, Rami Komrokji, M.D., a hematologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, discusses the advances that have been made in MDS in the past few years, as well as the MDS Clinical Research Consortium and its importance.

Putting It on Paper: Patient Writing Program Encourages Expression During the Cancer Journey

July 05, 2017

Every fall, Visible Ink has a call for submissions, and from hundreds, a selection committee chooses no more than 15 to be performed “by amazing people, mostly from Broadway, who come in and do this pro bono,” explains writer Judith Kelman, who leads Visible Ink. The performers are actors, singers and dancers, including Tony Award winners.

Using Playtime to Avoid Anesthesia in Children With Cancer

June 29, 2017

When pediatric patients are given radiation treatment for cancer, they often get scared or nervous because they do not have an understanding of the process and the machines involved. To remedy this, anesthesia is used in many cases, though the long-term side effects are still unknown.

Low-Level Light Therapy Another Option for Chemotherapy-Induced Hair Loss

April 27, 2017

A recent study evaluated the effect of red light on hair growth in women with breast cancer. This low-level light therapy (LLLT), or photobiomodulation therapy, was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for both men and women with pattern baldness.

Predicting Chemotherapy Toxicities With Muscle Mass

March 20, 2017

Researchers at University of North Carolina have developed a tool that evaluates a patient’s muscle mass and quality and could help predict which patients are at high risk for chemotherapy toxicities.