Checkpoint inhibitor shrinks advanced squamous cell skin cancer

Michael Migden, M.D.

MD Anderson-led clinical trial shows nearly 50 percent of patients respond to cemiplimab HOUSTON – Clinical trials show that an immune checkpoint inhibitor shrinks the tumors of nearly half of patients with an incurable, advanced form of a common skin cancer, an international team led by a researcher at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reports in the New England Journal of Medicine. “These results mark a potential paradigm shift in the treatment of patients with […]

Researchers compose guidelines for handling CAR T cell side effects

HOUSTON — Immune-cell based therapies opening a new frontier for cancer treatment carry unique, potentially lethal side effects that provide a new challenge for oncologists, one addressed by a team led by clinicians at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with proposed guidelines for systematically dealing with the toxicities of these drugs. Their work, published today in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, confronts the two main side effects of chimeric antigen receptor T-cells, known as CAR […]

Genetically enhanced, cord-blood derived immune cells strike B-cell cancers

HOUSTON – Immune cells with a general knack for recognizing and killing many types of infected or abnormal cells also can be engineered to hunt down cells with specific targets on them to treat cancer, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report in the journal Leukemia. The team’s preclinical research shows that natural killer cells derived from donated umbilical cords can be modified to seek and destroy some types of leukemia and […]

Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates Welcomes Neurologist Hamid S. Hamdi, M.D.

Dr. Hamid Hamdi

Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA) is pleased to announce the addition of board-certified neurologist Hamid S. Hamdi, M.D. Dr. Hamdi will join us as a general neurologist at Mischer Neuroscience Associates-Sugar Land and Mischer Neuroscience Associates-Katy. “We are pleased to have Dr. Hamdi as a part of our team of talented neurologists at Memorial Hermann Mischer Associates,” said Dong Kim, M.D., Director of the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center […]

Vietnam War Veteran and Prominent Houston Doctor Authors Peaceful Bones Memoir after Returning Arm Bone to Vietnamese Soldier

Book Proceeds Benefit Texas Heroes and Hoa Binh Peace Village Houston author, retired urologist and Vietnam War veteran Samuel D. Axelrad, M.D. recently published his first memoir titled Peaceful Bones. The book is based on the true story of Dr. Axelrad’s experience as a Vietnam War army surgeon where he finds himself helping not only American soldiers but hundreds of Vietnamese citizens both wounded and ill. Peaceful Bones is about one special patient named Hung […]

Get the Facts – Stroke vs. Heart Attack Seminar

Dr. Larry Tran, neurologist

As with most things in life, a little awareness can go a long way. This is especially true when it comes to your health. “It may not get as much attention as other serious diseases, but stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the primary cause of serious long-term disability for Americans,” said Larry Tran, M.D., a board-certified neurologist with the Neuroscience & Spine Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. A stroke […]

Preventing and Treating Texas’ Deadliest Cancer

Branden Hsu, M.D., Texas Oncology–Katy and Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City

By Branden Hsu, M.D., Texas Oncology–Katy and Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City In Fort Bend County, home to most Katy News readers, 217 residents will be diagnosed with lung and bronchus cancer this year, according to the Texas Cancer Registry. Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in Texas. For oncologists like me, this is especially troubling because most lung cancer is smoking-related and therefore, preventable. Indeed smoking is the largest preventable cause of death of cancer […]

lissa Aguirre and Kyle Hoedebecke, M.D., Present New Guide To Wellness

Readers will learn how to utilize chakra modality and holistic healing in ‘The Innate Design’ “The Innate Design: Implementing Self-Healing Techniques for the Modern Patient” (published by Balboa Press) is an interdisciplinary book between a yoga therapist and medical doctor who bridge allopathic and holistic medicine together utilizing the chakra map as a guide to wellness. “Dr. Kyle Hoedebecke and I derail the vacuous descriptions of the chakra centers in the body and demonstrate how […]

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital encourages residents to stay aware of the Zika virus

Sarfraz Aly, M.D., internal medicine/infectious diseases specialist

SUGAR LAND—(October 1, 2016) – Physicians at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital encourage Fort Bend residents to remain mindful of the Zika virus throughout the fall months. “While there might be fewer headlines about Zika now, the virus is still very much a concern, especially for individuals who have traveled to the Caribbean or who have sexual partners who may be infected,” said Sarfraz Aly, M.D., an internal medicine/infectious diseases specialist at Houston Methodist Sugar […]

Former Skeptic Crafts Handbook To Help Define, Defend Christian Faith

Bert E. Park, M.D., announces release of ‘Defending Our Faith’ Written to define and defend the foundational beliefs of Christianity, “Defending Our Faith: The Christian’s Handbook” (published by WestBow Press) examines the three ways God reveals himself – through nature, by his Son and in the Word – to provide skeptics and believers alike a handbook that answers the major questions about Christianity. “As a former skeptic, I came to Christianity on the ‘offensive’ after […]