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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

The morning of his esophageal cancer surgery, Dustin Pruett kissed his wife goodbye on the skybridge outside the Rotary House Hotel.

He was nervous about just one thing. Not the seven-and-a-half-hour surgery or the weeks of recovery on a feeding tube. For Dustin, the hardest part was knowing he was about to be away from his wife and four children for about 10 days.

Like other hospitals, MD Anderson has temporarily restricted...

Esophageal cancer survivor Dustin Pruett with his wife, Misty

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

In August 2015, Judith Smith was diagnosed with a type of breast cancer called mixed ductal and lobular carcinoma. A week later, her sister...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Cindy Stueber was supposed to be helping her daughter, Shelby, look at wedding dresses and elegant up-dos. Instead, she was making plans to...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As we practice social distancing to protect ourselves and others during the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s easy to put staying active and eating healthy on the back burner. And it can be especially difficult if you’re working from home or caring for other family members – or both.

But whether you’re a cancer patient, a caregiver or trying to lower your overall cancer risk, it’s important to try to maintain...

Woman doing yoga at home while looking at computer screen

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is an innovative type of cancer treatment. During this procedure, doctors perform a surgery...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Faye Hood was training for a half-marathon in 2017, when the active then-70-year-old received a stomach cancer diagnosis.

While she...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Lymphedema is a common cancer treatment side effect that can cause swelling in a patient’s arm or leg. It may lead to discomfort, pain and...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Kay Atten’s dreams revolved around her four children. In 2005, her two sons and two daughters were on the edge of adulthood, and she wanted...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Liposcarcoma survivor Tom Gattle has never let his amputated shoulder stop him from doing the things he loves. He goes fly fishing with a...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

When Adam Schoen first noticed he was losing his sense of taste, his wife, Claire, wasn’t too worried. She also wasn’t fazed shortly after...