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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

After Tony Loth was diagnosed with tonsil cancer, a local specialist told him the best course of action was a radical neck dissection. He accepted this plan and went home. His doctor was the expert, after all.

Later that night, his wife, a dentist, drew out the procedure for him. Now he could see just how invasive it would be. “If that’s what it takes to beat cancer, I’ll do it,” Tony thought. But he wondered if there was an easier...

Tonsil cancer survivor Tony Loth poses in a cowboy hat

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Today, treatment for throat cancer isn’t just focused on removing the cancer. Now that most patients successfully overcome the cancer, doctors...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As an 18-year-old, Lauren Rodriguez never suspected her lingering cough would turn out to be a lung cancer symptom.

“I was in shock...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As a high school soccer player, Alex Frankenfeld often heard his coach say, “Busca la forma,” which is Spanish for “Find a way.” Three years later, Alex was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, and the phrase became a mantra that helped him get through the experience.  “I’m going to do whatever I can to beat this thing,” Alex told his mother on their first trip to MD Anderson in fall 2015. “Mom, I’m going to find a way.”

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Sarcoma survivor Alex Frankenfeld

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Frances Arnoult had a double mastectomy, but she never had to see what she would have looked like without breasts. That’s because her MD Anderson...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As a registered nurse, Asha Bhandari was familiar with cancer – even less common cancer types, like oral cancer. But she never believed...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As a cancer caregiver, you’ve probably been told it’s important to take care of your own physical and mental health, too. But sometimes that...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Phil Richmond never missed his annual physical, and he considers himself lucky for that. Because he smoked, his doctor performed a chest X-ray...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

There are many myths surrounding sugar and cancer treatment. But what do cancer patients really need to know about sugar to make sure they...