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Summer 2014: Scientist James Allison’s research on the immune system resulted in the first drug to improve survival for patients with advanced melanoma. And outside of the lab, he’s a pretty gifted blues harmonica player.

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The game changer

James Allison proved the human immune system could fight cancer, and his innovative work has earned him a lot of praise, including that of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who says Allison’s discoveries “will change lives for generations to come.”

99 problems but cancer ain’t one

Megan Silianoff writes about the amazing ways her life has changed since her ovarian cancer diagnosis. She considers her illness a blessing. Without it, she’s not sure she would’ve found her true calling.


Prevention: the ultimate cure for cancer

The American Cancer Society and MD Anderson have been allies in the cancer war for decades.


Cancer Frontline


From patent to patients

Steven Frank is the doctor, inventor and entrepreneur helping make prostate brachytherapy less of a shot in the dark. Find out how World War I machine gunners inspired his new technology.


Surgically removing cancer risk

Those who carry a mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes face both a higher risk of cancer and the decision whether or not to have preventive surgery. A recent study may encourage younger women with either BRCA mutation to strongly consider surgery.


The adrenaline-fueled life

Reza Mehran, M.D., never stops challenging himself. Whether in the air, operating room or war zone, this surgeon is always up for a challenge. That’s just how he operates.


The rise of melanoma in kids

With pediatric melanoma on the rise, doctors are working hard to raise awareness of the disease in children. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the number of cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year has doubled since 1973.


Researching the links to cancer


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Conquest iPad app

MD Anderson’s award-winning Conquest magazine is available on the iPad. If you want to combine the design of the print version with the convenience of your tablet, then the iPad version is for you. It’s filled with multimedia extras and features sleek, user-friendly navigation.