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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 are also focusing on developing treatments for throat cancer that limit side effects, including trouble swallowing, struggles with speech and changes to their appearance.

While throat cancer used to occur primarily in older patients with a history of alcohol and tobacco use, that’s changing...

Clipboard with throat cancer diagnosis written on paper

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...

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 breast surgeon and plastic surgeon teamed up to perform both surgeries at once in April 2018.  

“Once it was done, it was done,” Frances says. “And, for me, that was a real gift.”

Patients undergoing breast cancer surgery face a series of extremely personal decisions. But...

Breast cancer survivor Frances Arnoult

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...