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BY Lesley Zentz

As a general rule, I don’t take medicine unless I absolutely have to. I’ve never been one to swallow an aspirin at the first sign of a fever. I don’t seek out antibiotics at the onset of the sniffles. And until recently, I lived by a slogan my high school athletic coach used to say any time students struggled with pain or aching muscles: “Mind over matter.”

But my breast cancer diagnosis in July 2019 taught me that this isn’t necessarily...

Breast cancer survivor Lesley Zentz and her husband, Gordon

BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

When I first lost my hair due to breast cancer treatment, I often heard people say, “Don’t worry. It’s only hair.” The implication was that...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Starting chemotherapy for the first time? If you are new to this common cancer treatment, you're probably wondering how chemotherapy works...

BY Aaliyah Parker

In November 2016, when I was 9 years old, I was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. My parents took me to MD Anderson, where I had chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy. I also got daily injections for 11 months, to keep me from developing blood clots.

I’m glad that all of those treatments worked, because I haven’t shown any signs of cancer since my surgery in February 2017. I still had to finish my treatments after surgery to...

Ewing's sarcoma survivor Aaliyah Parker

BY Cheryl Ratliff

When I received a phone call about an abnormality discovered during my mammogram in December 2016, I didn’t think much of it. I was prone...

BY Gillian Kruse

Angelina was Shamsha Damani’s best friend for three years. A constant in the MD Anderson program director’s daily life, well-known to her...

BY Racheal Martin

Before I started breast cancer treatment at age 35, I had all sorts of ideas about how difficult my life was about to get. In a way, I was...

BY Jane Mooney

Sometimes knowledge is not all it’s cracked up to be. So, when I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in July 2016, I told Dr. Robert...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Two-time widower Paul Nielsen was in excellent health at age 67. So the former marathon runner knew something was wrong when he started feeling...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

In the early 2000s, Virginia Plett watched her mother and aunt successfully undergo breast cancer treatment at MD Anderson. So when the Kansas...