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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 Molly Adams

Nearly half of cancer patients experience pain caused by the cancer itself, cancer treatment or factors that aren’t related to cancer. When...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Over the last year and a half, Shams Peerbhai has tried just about everything to cope with peripheral neuropathy, a cancer treatment side effect that commonly causes tingling, burning, weakness or numbness in the hands and/or feet.

Now, the stage III colorectal cancer survivor is hoping a neuromodulation clinical trial eases his pain.

“I've already been through so much, I'm willing to try anything that works,” he...

Colorectal cancer survivor Shams Peerbhai

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 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 Zachary Grubbs

In high school, I didn’t have much of a social life. I had trouble with insomnia, anxiety, paranoia, depression and apathy. As time went on...

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...

BY Maria Newhouse

I recently finished my last chemotherapy treatment at MD Anderson in Sugar Land. It was a milestone that, at one point, I honestly thought...

BY Katie Brooks

For 16 years, Rose Trapolino had a hard time walking because of the pain and tingling in her feet.

The breast cancer survivor suffered...