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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 the knee.

“The cancer had formed in the small bones of my heel,” Annette said, “and the doctors told me amputation was the most effective way to remove the tumor along with any cancer cells that may have spread.”

The surgery, while necessary, also came with a drawback known as phantom...

Chondrosarcoma survivor Annette Rios, who benefited from targeted muscle reinnervation surgery

BY Ronda Wendler

When Trena Robertson’s left hip began aching, she visited an orthopedic specialist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her hometown.  

BY Ronda Wendler

Ever since Robin Birthisel was diagnosed with a slow-growing type of multiple myeloma 10 years ago, she’s experienced unpleasant side effects...

BY Molly Adams

When it comes to treating cancer pain, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Patient preference, allergies and potential drug interactions with other therapies all impact which approach your doctor recommends.

“A lot of patients assume opioids are the only option, but there are many ways to help manage pain and increase quality of life,” says pain management specialist Uzondu Osuagwu, M.D.

Here, Osuagwu shares six options...

woman holding her shoulder in pain

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 Devon Carter

Opioids are medications that can help manage pain caused by cancer and its treatment by blocking pain signals from injured nerves to the brain...

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 Mena El-Sharkawi

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer or have completed one treatment and are preparing yourself for the next, the thought of radiation...

BY Mason Ermis

My name is Mason Ermis. When I was 9 years old, I began a journey that tested my courage and strength in ways I never thought possible. We...

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...