BY Ronda Wendler

The female hormone estrogen is “fuel” for about 80% of breast cancers in women who’ve gone through menopause. 

“Menopause itself doesn’t boost the risk for breast cancer, but growing older does,” says breast medical oncologist Rachel Layman, M.D. “The longer a woman’s body has accumulated estrogen during her lifetime, the greater her risk will be.”

Drugs called aromatase inhibitors can stop the body from making estrogen...

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BY Ronda Wendler

As a horse trainer, Trey Bullinger spends hours in the saddle every day.  That’s why he blamed hemorrhoids when he noticed blood in his...

BY Gina Van Thomme

When Daniel ‘Joe’ Einspahr, M.D., and his son bike into Virginia Beach next summer, they will have more than one reason to celebrate. Not...

BY Ronda Wendler

Musician Jeff Blankenship was playing guitar in the orchestra pit during a local theatre’s live production of “American Idiot” when he began experiencing severe stomach pains.

“I had to leave in the middle of the show,” he says. “That’s how bad it was.”

The pain, he soon learned, was caused by mantle cell lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Jeff had been diagnosed with and treated for the disease eight...

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BY Marivel Preciado

I recently completed radiation therapy, but I’m still waiting to find out if it was successful in destroying a tumor that spread to my lung...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Last year, Primus Moore was among seven referees selected to officiate Oklahoma’s all-state high school football games.

“It’s inspiring...

BY Robbie Johnson

Before I enrolled in one of MD Anderson’s triple-negative breast cancer clinical trial in November 2016, I was in a dark place. I’d been re-diagnosed...

BY Jessica Garcia

In the last five years, I’ve competed in 10 professional outrigger canoeing competitions across North and South America. I’ve also had stereotactic...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

A little over a year ago, Robbie Johnson was desperately searching for the right metastatic breast cancer treatment.

"I’d been...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Jerry McLeary can recall the exact moment he just knew that his journey with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma would end happily.