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Mark Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Texas Tech University. Following, he earned his medical degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Thompson came to Kansas City to the University of Kansas Medical Center where he completed his residency in radiation oncology. His residency focus included: Stereotactic Radiosurgery, High Dose Rate Brachytherapy, Interstitial Brachytherapy, and Transperineal Prostatic Brachytherapy. One of the highlights of his residency included six months spent at the Seattle Prostate Institute with Dr. John Blasko. Dr. Thompson joined Kansas City Cancer Center East as a Radiation Oncologist. Dr. Thompson is board certified in radiation oncology. His professional interests include Prostatic Brachytherapy (prostate seeds). He is a member of ASTRO (American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology).

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Multiple Sclerosis Causes

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Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that has been largely mysterious. Doctors, researchers, patients and others in the medical field have spent decades trying to understand what are the causes of multiple sclerosis, but the disease has remained elusive. It is largely believed, at this point, that MS has auto-immune disease properties. As the disease progresses, the fatty myelin sheaths that protect and aid the axons in the brain and spinal cord become stripped and damaged. Without these sheaths, the axons misfire and a myriad of signs and symptoms are displayed. Not all people will have the same symptoms for Multiple Sclerosis and doctors have spent years trying to pinpoint why such different reactions and signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis exist.

Symptoms

The symptoms for Multiple Sclerosis are as wide and varied as the potential causes. For many signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are mild at first and progress as the sheaths around the fatty myelin become more damaged. Those suffering from the disease may experience symptoms ranging from muscle weakness and ataxia, to mental instability, incontinence, speech problems, vision loss, paralysis and pain in the limbs. Not all patients will experience all symptoms. Doctors are yet unaware of why some patients experience mild symptoms while others experience severe, life-altering symptoms.

Causes

Many people have long wondered about the causes of Multiple Sclerosis. In short, the illness has long been mysterious and a definitive answer to what are the causes of Multiple Sclerosis has not yet been garnered. While many people are currently studying potential triggers of Multiple Sclerosis, there is a lack of understanding and few things have been pinpointed as an actual cause. With that being said, doctors and researchers who are in search of an answer to the etiology of the disease are beginning to gain a better understanding of the illness and the risk factors that are associated with it.

A genetic link has been found for Multiple Sclerosis, which has led many doctors to believe genetic factors are, at least, one of the causes of Multiple Sclerosis. It cannot be said that MS is hereditary, but there is a genetic link. Those with a parent or sibling suffering from the disease are far more likely to develop Multiple Sclerosis than the general population. Many researchers believe genes and genetic predispositions play an intricate role in what causes

Multiple Sclerosis.

Research has also found that MS occurs more commonly in colder climates; meaning there is less exposure to the sun. Some researchers are currently trying to link the disease to a deficiency in Vitamin D during developmental periods. This research, however, remains in its infancy and cannot be linked, at this time, as a one of the causes of Multiple sclerosis. There is also some belief that environmental factors, such as environmental toxins are playing a role in cases of MS. Data has found that there are pockets, during certain time periods that show greater instances of Multiple Sclerosis; for example, people who returned from Vietnam appear to have a higher than average instance of Multiple Sclerosis. This occurrence and other similar patterns have led researchers on a trip to data to answer the question of “What causes Multiple Sclerosis?” Further research is necessary to understand the environmental link.

Treatments

Because Multiple Sclerosis remains largely misunderstood doctors have yet to devise a treatment plan that would cure the illness. With that being said, research has revealed a myriad of Multiple Sclerosis treatments that are aimed at addressing the different symptoms. One of the Multiple Sclerosis treatments that show great promise is Interferon therapy. Interferon therapy focuses on redirecting the immune system attack to the synthetic component of the interferon. This protects the myelin sheath and leads to longer periods of remission for many patients. Other treatments are currently in the works.

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