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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, colon cancer.

But I soon learned my symptoms were caused by non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that develops in the white blood cells. Lymphoma causes these cells, called lymphocytes, to grow out of control and crowd out the red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body, and...

Kathy McKay and her husband smiling while riding bicycles.

BY Ronda Wendler

When Fran Sargent’s doctor in Michigan said he’d need to remove her entire left lung to confirm she had cancer, her response was swift.

BY Ronda Wendler

Like clockwork, Katherine Moreno gets a cold every year. It always leads to bronchitis, then asthma.

“I don’t go anywhere without a...

BY Lavinia Middleton, M.D.

When I first went to medical school, I thought I’d be a cardiologist. My dad was very sick with heart disease while I was growing up, so I spent a lot of time in the hospital. I saw how the cardiologists treated him and other patients, and I wanted to heal people in the same way.

But once I actually got to medical school, I found that I was more interested in following pathology specimens to the lab to find out what my patients...

Breast cancer pathologist Lavinia Middleton, M.D.

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 Laura Laster

When he was 15, my husband Jesse underwent a colectomy, a procedure that removed his colon. Jesse opted to do this after learning that he...

BY MD Anderson Staff

In May 2016, Victor Barreiro learned his melanoma, originally treated in his hometown of Mexico City in 2014, had returned and spread throughout...