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In this issue of Conquest, you’ll read about the Hospital School at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, which helps pediatric patients keep up with their studies during treatment. In addition, you’ll find stories about the many ways the institution is helping young people battle and beat cancer today, as well as prevent the disease tomorrow.

Cover story

Continuing education

Addison Marshall has lived through some unexpected turmoil in his life. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina uprooted his family and forced them to relocate to the Houston area from New Orleans. A few years later, when he was 15, Marshall learned he had leukemia. Determined not to fall behind in school, he attended the Hospital School at
MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital during his treatment. There, Marshall could continue his studies and keep pace with his classmates. He’s now 22 and a student at Texas A&M University.

Cooperating with Cooper to make great care even better

Eighteen years after completing his surgical oncology fellowship at 
MD Anderson, Francis Spitz, M.D., is back with the institution — but not in Houston.



Lessons we can learn from a teacher's cancer experience

After being diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in 2012, Jennifer Glover drew strength from many sources: a positive community of friends and family, a deep faith, an active lifestyle and the 15 years she spent as a teacher.



Cancer Frontline


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In this issue

The warrior pose

The Little Yogis Program at the Children’s Cancer Hospital provides young patients tools to cope with the pain, anxiety and fear they may face as they undergo treatment.



Living a long life starts early

MD Anderson will lend its cancer prevention expertise to the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program, which is used in schools and after-school programs across the nation. Initial efforts will focus on preventing skin cancer and tobacco use.


The unstoppable Meisha Brown

While being treated at
MD Anderson as a child, Meisha Brown was inspired to pursue a career in medical research. Today, she’s a cancer advocate and pursuing her Ph.D.




Colorectal cancer doesn’t care
how old you are

According to researchers at
MD Anderson, in the next 15 years, more than one in 10 colon cancers and nearly one in four rectal cancers will be diagnosed in patients younger than the traditional screening age.



Getting the drop on lung cancer

When caught early, lung cancer can be cured; however, it almost always goes undetected till it’s too late. Researchers are working on a blood test that will reveal the disease in the early stages.



MD Anderson puts the lab in collaborations

In the modern world of biomedical research, collaboration between academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies is becoming more and more prevalent, necessary and productive.


Suite Relief

Many patients who travel to
MD Anderson from outside the Houston area for treatment face the difficult task of finding an affordable place to stay. Several nonprofit groups have been established to help.