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BY Lisa Garcia

Steve Olejniczak had been dealing with pain in his right hip for years before he saw a doctor in late 2019. When he did, doctors said he had arthritis or a hip flexor injury due to his active lifestyle. Steve underwent physical therapy, but the pain wouldn’t go away.

It wasn’t until Steve underwent an MRI with contrast in February 2020 that he got answers. The image showed a golf ball-sized tumor in his pelvis. His primary care...

Steve Olejniczak hiking in New Zealand with his family

BY Jackie Rodriguez

At age 21, most people are still discovering who they are. But I was being treated at MD Anderson for osteochondroma-associated de-differentiated...

BY Justin Bird, M.D.

When I was growing up, I played a lot of sports. In high school, one of my favorites was wrestling. And with a lot of practice, I learned...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Months after his chondrosarcoma treatment at another hospital, Chuck Lichtman developed a life-altering hernia. It made it hard to move, sleep comfortably or even breathe. But three MD Anderson surgeons came together to give Chuck a one-of-a-kind solution that ensured that the hernia – and its distressing side effects – wouldn’t return. 

“I got my life back,” he says. “I’m the most fortunate guy...

Chondrosarcoma survivor Chuck Lichtman

BY Sarah Zizinia

When Annette Rios was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, doctors told her they’d need to amputate her right leg just below...

BY Eva Suarez

Discovering I had bone cancer when I was only 12 forced me to mature very quickly. Doctors found a growth about the size of an orange in my...

BY Molly Adams

Losing bone density is common as you age, when cells that help rebuild bones aren’t replaced as quickly. Because of this, your bones may become...

BY Dusty Bailey

I’ve been an educator for 16 years and a high school librarian for eight. I teach kids how to do research, so I know how to find stuff online...

BY Tracey Ferrin

Although it's been 18 years, I still clearly remember how scared my family was when I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in my right femur...

BY Viviana Villalpando

Cancer doesn’t run in my family or my husband’s. Only one of my ancestors had it: my paternal grandmother died of lung cancer when I was 11...