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BY Ronda Wendler

Jerry Achan describes the day he collapsed from a stroke as “the luckiest day of my life.”

Without that stroke, doctors would never have arranged for him to have yearly CT scans as part of his follow-up regimen. First, the good news: The scans detected no signs of blocked arteries that could have led to another stroke. Now, the bad: One scan revealed multiple tumors scattered throughout his liver.

“I went in to because of...

Liver cancer survivor looks at the camera. He is a Black man wearing glasses and has a goatee.

BY Ronda Wendler

People with a rare, inherited disorder called von Hippel Lindau disease develop cancerous and noncancerous tumors in up to 10 different parts...

BY Ronda Wendler

Teresa and Billy Mayo have shared almost everything during their 46-year marriage. But the couple recently shared something they never anticipated...

BY Ronda Wendler

When you agree to genetic testing, you expect a yes or no answer:  yes, you have an abnormal change in a gene that increases your cancer risk, or no, you don’t. But sometimes, you might not get a clear “yes” or “no.” You might just get a “maybe.”

“That’s what you’ll hear if you have a variant of uncertain significance, or VUS for short,” says Sara Wofford, a genetic counselor at MD Anderson The Woodlands.

Unlike harmful...

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BY Ronda Wendler

Pam Blaine was on top of the world. She’d just graduated with a master’s degree in arts administration and landed a new job with the Utah...

BY Ronda Wendler

As one of off-road motorcycle racing’s greatest legends, Destry Abbott is used to pushing his body to the limit. That’s why he knew something...

BY Ronda Wendler

Last updated July 30, 2021

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, several variants of the virus have emerged. But the one named delta is...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Jorge Castillo’s back began to ache, he thought he’d injured himself at work.

“I install and repair electrical power grids, so...

BY Ronda Wendler

Not long after moving into her new house, Dana Evans noticed an itchy red spot on her left breast.

“I’d seen a few spiders in the house...

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...