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Patients with known or suspected bladder cancer will now have access to improved diagnostic tools at the Stephenson Cancer Center through a new technology that uses blue light rather than the standard white light.  White light cystoscopy has been the gold standard for visualizing suspicious lesions for certain bladder tumors. However, when used on its own, harder-to-see tumors can often be missed. The blue light technology works by exploiting fluorescent properties of naturally occurring molecules in malignant tissues.

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Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center hope to shed new light on breast cancer treatment with fewer side effects. They have developed an innovative treatment strategy that utilizes photodynamic therapy and site-specific chemotherapy to precisely target breast cancer tumors in an effort to maximize the therapeutic efficacy and to minimize the body’s exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs.

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A dietitian specializing in oncology nutrition and nutrition support recently joined the staff of Stephenson Cancer Center, where she will serve as a clinical registered dietitian. Samantha Stricker-Hussey, RD, will provide nutritional services as part of Stephenson Cancer Center’s Supportive Care Program at the center’s Shirley Bowman Nutrition Clinic. Among the oncology patient services she will provide are nutritional assessment and follow-up; medical nutrition therapy and education; and tube feeding training, as well as educational classes for both patients and staff.

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An oncologist who specializes in blood cancer has been appointed as the new Senior Deputy Director of the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma. Adam Asch, MD, also will serve as the Nancy Johnston Records Chair in Oncology and hold an appointment as the Section Chief for Hematology/Oncology at the OU Health Sciences Center.

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Cancer patients who have completed treatment for any type or stage of cancer will soon have access to innovative multidisciplinary outpatient rehabilitation services at the Stephenson Cancer Center. The new Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic, an expansion of the Supportive Care Program, will be located on the third floor of the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma. The clinic’s specialty services will include the management of neuropathy, gait disturbance, cognitive dysfunction, lymphedema, and musculoskeletal dysfunction.

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