5 Quit Smoking Tips for a New Year Resolution

Help for the 70% of smokers that report wanting to quit One of the most popular resolutions at the beginning of each year is the desire to quit smoking, with more than 70% of smokers reporting they want to quit. Smoking is a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19, which makes 2021 an even more opportune time to begin the journey to quitting. With the help of the American Lung Association, more than a […]

Finding Peace, Love, and Purple in the Pandemic

Local songwriter and musician collaborate on a unique product line that benefits pediatric cancer patients When the world went into lockdown back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Anita Kruse, Houston area pianist, and songwriter, knew just like many others, she had to do something simple, fun, new, and creative to preserve her sanity and well-being while watching the evening news. Kruse, caring for her elderly mother and keeping her safe, grabbed a white sketch pad […]

The Home Keepers Celebrates 13 Years of Helping Cancer Patients

The Home Keepers has been donating cleaning services to local cancer patients for 13 years through their partnership with nonprofit Cleaning for a Reason. Julie Parish, Owner and President of The Home Keepers, understands the importance of a clean environment when undergoing illness and is committed to making a difference for cancer patients and their families. “It is extremely meaningful for us to be trusted with the care of Cleaning for a Reason patients,” said […]

MD Anderson’s Fifth Annual Boot Walk to End Cancer Goes Virtual Nov. 7

Supporters join mission to #EndCancer online and from the safety of their own neighborhoods The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will host the fifth annual Boot Walk to End Cancer® virtually on Saturday, Nov. 7. The virtual walk will take place online and in neighborhoods across the country in an effort to keep participants, their families and their communities safe and as part of MD Anderson’s commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of patients, workforce […]

Keeping Up with Your Health Screenings Mammograms Save Lives

Schedule Yours Today October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and a good time to visit your primary care physician or OB/GYN for recommended preventive screening. The purpose of mammograms is to catch abnormalities early when treatment offers patients the best outcome. It’s an important test that shouldn’t be delayed even during the pandemic. Talking to other women who have had mammograms may help ease any apprehension you may have, although each person’s experience can be […]

Texas HHSC Encourages Breast Cancer Screenings During Awareness Month

In observance of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging women to get screened for breast cancer. Eligible women can receive free screenings through HHSC’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program. BCCS helps fund clinics across the state to provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services such as clinical breast examinations, mammograms, and breast biopsies. In 2019, the program helped more than 24,600 women in Texas, including more than […]

Study identifies characteristics of infused CAR T cells associated with efficacy and toxicity in patients with large B-cell lymphoma

Findings suggest that monitoring early changes in circulating tumor DNA may predict patient outcomes Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified molecular and cellular characteristics of anti-CD19 CAR T cell infusion products associated with how patients with large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL) respond to treatment and develop side effects. The research team also found that early changes in circulating tumor DNA one week after CAR T cell therapy may be predictive of treatment response in a particular patient. The paper was published online […]