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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

On a warm day in May 2018, Ashton and Charmayne Thomas swiftly booked a flight from Arizona to Houston. They dropped off their two eldest children, Emmett and Adelyn, then 4 and 3, with family boarded a plane to Houston with their 9-month son, Wyatt.

“I want to see Ashton tomorrow,” sarcoma specialist Dejka Araujo, M.D., had told Charmayne on the phone the day before.

Doctors in Arizona had found a 10-centimeter mass in...

Ashton Thomas stands with his wife, Charmayne, in front of a lake with their children

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...

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 treat it. After chemotherapy and a surgery to remove the tumor, the then 21-year-old would have a long life ahead of him. 

But the surgery wasn’t as simple as it sounded. His surgical team needed to reconstruct his spine in way that would keep this athlete as...

Soft-tissue sarcoma survivor Nicola Sirito stands outside at night

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...

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....