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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.

“I told him, ‘not so fast,’” she recalls. “I’m 78, I own a successful business, and I know my own mind. I won’t let anyone talk me into something I don’t want to do.”

A history of medical challenges

This lung cancer scare was the second time Fran had faced a life-altering disease....

Photo of lung cancer survivor Fran Sargent sitting in her garden

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...

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 for an 18-year-old kid to see that you’re 70 years old and you’re keeping up with them,” he says.

For Primus, being able to keep up with high school athletes was an even bigger deal because he was undergoing kidney cancer treatment at the time.

After his diagnosis in 2014, he had...

Kidney cancer survivor Primus Moore poses in his referee uniform with his family on a football field

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...

BY Niki Schoessow

My husband, Coleman Schoessow, draws vibrant, abstract, stream-of-consciousness art with ink on canvas. He discovered this hidden talent during...