BY Mary Brolley

They've been called essential, a driving force and, in a nod to their adaptability, "the stem cells of MD Anderson."

They're physician assistants (PAs), and few institutions employ more of them than MD Anderson.

PAs are medical professionals who can conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel patients on preventive care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Supervised...

MD Anderson physician assistants

BY Mary Brolley

While the world's largest medical center and the city that surrounds it sleep, our specialized Nocturnal Program team is hard at work.

BY Mary Brolley

I wasn't always able to give blood.

The first time I tried -- as a high school senior, many years ago -- I fainted after the finger...

BY Mary Brolley

Lorenzo Cohen makes breakfast for his family every morning.

But not for him the easy lure of cereal and milk, pancakes or bacon and eggs.

"Most mornings, I sauté vegetables -- broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts. I look in the fridge and see what we have, and cook it up with seasonings," he says.

His three young children "love it," he adds. "It disappears in a second and, in fact,...

BY Mary Brolley

Dara Insley is a pain warrior.

Treatment for breast cancer in 2009 and 2010 involved two extensive and delicate surgeries -- one...

BY Mary Brolley

If you suspect that cancer "runs in your family," you may be curious about -- or even considering -- genetic testing.


BY Mary Brolley

Neurofibromatosis is worthy of study, say cancer and genetic experts, because the DNA mutations that cause its three types may yield crucial...