MD Anderson Cancer Center discusses improvements in treatments

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CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – The president of MD Anderson Cancer Center was in St. Louis on Wednesday to address a group of local business and community leaders.

At a breakfast held in Clayton, Dr. Ron DePinho discussed ways to continue improving the quality of cancer care for St. Louisans, and shared some of the latest advances in cancer research.

Among these advances are medications to keep cancer patients’ immune systems going strong, and new mobile technology that could ultimately integrate patients’ risk profiles and other health statistics, related to cancer prevention.

DePinho says 50 percent of cancers can be prevented.  That’s why MD Anderson experts utilize their knowledge about the causes of cancer, and work to translate that into education and legislation, for instance, laws controlling tanning bed use among minors, to prevent skin cancer.

DePinho says the present time is a critical, game-changing moment in the history of cancer research. He explains, “Some of the greatest excitement is in the area of treatment, where knowledge of the disease and its underpinnings is now being converted into new medicines that are leading to cures for cancer.”

Roughly 10,000 Missourians have been treated at the Houston-based cancer center, which consistently ranks as the nation’s top hospital for cancer care.

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