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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Careli Ann Garza’s colleagues consider her the heartbeat of Gladys Porter Early College High School. As the assistant principal, Careli can be found chatting in the hall with students about post graduation plans  or racing to an after-school game once the bell rings. She began working for the Brownsville Independent School District as a substitute teacher 13 years ago and took on her current job eight years ago. In that time, Careli...

Ovarian cancer survivor Careli Ann Garza poses in a dress with a hand on her hip

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Months after his chondrosarcoma treatment at another hospital, Chuck Lichtman developed a life-altering hernia. It made it hard to move, sleep...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Nicola Sirito had a rare diagnosis – a soft tissue sarcoma on his spine – but his MD Anderson care team knew they could successfully...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

If you’ve recently received a cancer diagnosis, you may have heard the word “metastasis” or been asked by someone if your cancer has metastasized. But, what is metastasis? What does it mean for your cancer treatment? And is it curable?

We got details on metastasis from Jeffrey Gershenwald, M.D., a surgical oncologist who specializes in the care of patients with  melanoma and has contributed to the world’s leading guides on...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Last updated June 4, 2021

A mastectomy is one of the most well-known types of breast cancer treatment. MD Anderson breast surgeons...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Last updated June 4, 2021

A lumpectomy is the most common type of surgery used in breast cancer treatment. At MD Anderson, our breast...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Many prostate cancer patients don’t need surgery. But for young patients with prostate cancer that hasn’t spread, a surgery called a prostatectomy...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Jon Humphrey was apprehensive about having his chemotherapy port installed. In June 2020, he was preparing to start chemotherapy for bile...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

When other cancer patients ask for advice, rectal cancer survivor Robert Cuppett tells them to go to MD Anderson -- and to go there first....

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Warren Bright made sure to get his physical every year. But he put off getting a colonoscopy until he was 63 when his wife scheduled an appointment...