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BY Meagan Raeke

A cancer diagnosis is never good news, but Paul McKinney knows that his stage III melanoma diagnosis at least came at a “good” time in terms of progress in treating the disease.

Thanks to a clinical trial led by Rodabe Amaria, M.D., Paul received a new immunotherapy combination that completely cleared his cancer after two doses and has allowed him to enjoy retirement cancer-free. Recently, Amaria’s team reported that the immunotherapy...

Paul McKinney and his wife, Mary standing in front of a boat on the water.

BY Algimantė Daugėlaitė

By the time I got to MD Anderson in March 2021, I’d already been through two cancer diagnoses, three relapses, six types of chemotherapy and...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common form of thyroid cancer. It is normally a slow-growing cancer and makes up roughly 80% to 85% of...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Nodular melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can mimic benign conditions, including blood blisters and acne. It’s also one of the more invasive skin cancers since it mostly grows beneath the skin, where it can’t be seen.

To learn more about nodular melanoma, as well as how it's diagnosed and treated, we spoke with dermatologist Kelly Nelson, M.D.

What is nodular melanoma?

It’s a subtype of melanoma that makes...

A doctor examines a patient's arm with a dermoscope

BY Kathy McKay

I’m a nurse, so when I started experiencing pain and swelling in my lower abdomen, I suspected inflammatory bowel disease, or even worse,...

BY Donna Griffard

In March 2015, I was diagnosed with cancer of the unknown primary (CUP). That means the original cancer site could not be identified....

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Most melanomas tend to appear as irregular black or dark brown splotches on the skin. But amelanotic melanoma is an outlier: it doesn’t share...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Many skin cancers — including cutaneous melanoma — are associated with UV exposure. Yet acral lentiginous melanoma develops only on areas...

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 Jerry Burley

When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at age 63, it actually didn’t bother me. I felt like whatever this was, God had a plan charted...