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BY Ronda Wendler

Ampullary cancer is a rare type of gastrointestinal cancer with symptoms so similar to pancreatic cancer that it is sometimes mistaken for the disease. The definitive way to confirm an ampullary cancer diagnosis is by removing a tissue sample from the tumor, then analyzing it in the lab.

To learn more about this uncommon disease that accounts for only 1% of all gastrointestinal cancers, we spoke with Michael Overman, M.D.,...

medical illustration of the human digestive system, including the small and large colon, stomach, pancreas and liver

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

Hand-foot syndrome (also called palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia) is a side effect of some chemotherapy drugs that can cause redness, swelling...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Jon Humphrey was apprehensive about having his chemotherapy port installed. In June 2020, he was preparing to start chemotherapy for bile duct cancer after months of mysterious symptoms: weight loss and a hard lump on his stomach that he thought might be a hernia in January, feelings of fatigue in February, bloating and discomfort in March and April. And now, he had traveled from his home in Salt Lake City to begin a clinical trial.

Bile duct cancer Jon Humphrey with his wife

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

Discovering and developing new treatments for cancer is a difficult process with many obstacles. These challenges can slow the process of...

BY Danielle Underferth

The American Cancer Society recently updated its guidelines for preventing cancer. Among the recommendations: Don’t drink alcohol.

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BY Thomas Aloia, M.D.

Since becoming a doctor, one of the most important things I’ve learned is that the more we can lower patients’ anxiety levels, the better...

BY Molly Adams

The liver is your body’s largest organ. It’s responsible for digestion, blood clotting and helping get rid of toxins. But unlike other organs...

BY Mindy Loya

Radiation oncologist Welela Tereffe, M.D., joined MD Anderson in 2005 as an assistant professor and most recently served as the deputy division...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Hepatitis C is one of the leading causes of liver cancer. It’s also linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cancer in the bile ducts, and possibly...