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BY Cynthia DeMarco

When Arav Patil was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in the spring of 2019, his parents, Komal and Rahul, were dumbfounded.

“Neither of us has a history of cancer in our family,” says his mother, Komal. “And Arav was a healthy, 9-year-old boy who never got sick. It was a really big shock.”

By the time Arav was transferred to MD Anderson from another hospital, his parents had feared he might not survive long enough...

Leukemia survivor Arav Patil with his parents, Komal (right) and Rahul, who has his arms around Arav and Komal

BY Devon Carter

Cancer research is advancing rapidly, and patients are benefitting from new therapies faster than ever. One example is a type of targeted...

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 all thyroid cancer cases.

How is papillary thyroid cancer diagnosed? Does it have any symptoms? And how is it typically treated?

For answers to these questions and more, we reached out to endocrinologist Priyanka Iyer, M.B.B.S., who specializes in endocrine neoplasia and hormonal disorders...

Microscopic view of papillary thyroid cancer cells tinted in shades of bright pink and purple  for contrast

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...

BY Sister Shirley Vaughn

When I was first diagnosed with Philadelphia-positive chronic myeloid leukemia in 1989, there weren’t that many treatment options available...

BY Dorcas Powell

On Oct. 13, 2014, I received the news that I had inflammatory breast cancer. Everything my local doctor said right after that sounded like...

BY Ronda Wendler

Connor Johnson was eager to return to his job as a licensed electrician after recovering from COVID-19 last spring. But his enthusiasm was...

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...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Radioactive iodine therapy has been used in the treatment of thyroid cancer since the early 1940s. But how does it work? Which patients need...