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BY Sarah Zizinia

A urostomy is a surgical procedure that can be a part of bladder cancer treatment. You may also need a urostomy if your bladder isn’t functional due to other cancers or cancer treatment.

We spoke with reconstructive oncologist Ouida Westney, M.D., about what patients can expect after a urostomy.

What is a urostomy? 

A urostomy is a type of surgery that creates an opening, or stoma, in the abdomen. This allows...

Illustration of a person with a urostomy, which is a surgical procedure that  is used if  the bladder is damaged or non-functional.

BY Sarah Zizinia

Cancer can bring a wide range of emotions for patients, both after a diagnosis and during treatment. Coping with side effects and a changing...

BY Sarah Zizinia

Christine Routledge was three months pregnant with her second child when routine bloodwork revealed something in her blood levels was off....

BY Sarah Zizinia

Some cancer treatments can weaken the immune system, making you more susceptible to infections. This means that cancer patients can often be in an immunocompromised, or neutropenic, state.

If you’re undergoing cancer treatment, you may wonder if changing your diet or eating plan to a neutropenic diet would help you avoid ingesting harmful bacteria.

We spoke with Sheila Vo, Room Service Call Manager and a clinical dietitian...

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BY Sarah Zizinia

In August 2021, Dawn Patrick found a lump underneath her arm while in the shower. She immediately made an appointment with her primary care...

BY Sarah Zizinia

Thousands of patients ages 15 to 39 receive cancer treatment at MD Anderson each year, but a cancer diagnosis can feel especially lonely for...

BY Sarah Zizinia

When you want to know what to expect from cancer treatment, it can help to talk to someone who has gone through it. Each patient’s experience...

BY Sarah Zizinia

Your gut health impacts your immune system, your mental health and your overall well-being. 

When you have a healthy gut, your...

BY Sarah Zizinia

Your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck, regulates several of the body’s hormones. These hormones control your metabolism...

BY Sarah Zizinia

Around his 31st birthday in April 2021, Brian Hertz scratched the side of his head and felt something strange.

“It’s hard to describe...