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BY Ronda Wendler

Julia Pitts knew something was wrong when, at age 62, she started bleeding and cramping.

“I thought when my menopause ended years earlier, my bleeding was over, too,” says the retired high school teacher.

A biopsy solved the mystery. Julia had uterine cancer. The condition occurs when cells in the endometrium – the inner lining of the uterus – start to grow out of control.

After undergoing a hysterectomy, chemotherapy...

Uterine cancer survivor Julia Pitts

BY Ronda Wendler

Steve Castellaw got much more than a haircut when he went to see his stylist. He also got the first clue that led to his lung cancer diagnosis...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Maribeth Holzer asked her family doctor about a curious lump in her right armpit, she never suspected it was follicular lymphoma...

BY Ronda Wendler

Charles Salazar lives in New Jersey, but considers Houston his “second” home.

For four years, he and his wife, Debbie, have been traveling to Houston regularly so he can receive treatment for mantle cell lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, at MD Anderson.

“Sure, I could have sought care closer to home, but my wife is a nurse who knows her stuff,” he says. “As soon as I was diagnosed, she started researching where...

Charles and Debbie Salazar with their dog

BY Ronda Wendler

Natalie Sanchez knows that entering a treatment center like MD Anderson for the first time can be very intimidating for a newly diagnosed...

BY Ronda Wendler

Shelly Ward is a trailblazer. As one of only a few female airplane pilots with the U.S. Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration...

BY Ronda Wendler

While George Chang, M.D., battled the cough, high fever and severe body aches caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), his immune system was...

BY Ronda Wendler

Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many cancer patients and caregivers were already experiencing insomnia. And now, the added challenges...

BY Ronda Wendler

Callie Piper is a planner with a capital “P.” And nothing thrown her way during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed that....