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BY Meagan Raeke

Breast cancer treatment took a toll on Debbie Mendoza, but she regained her strength and energy with the help of Active Living After Cancer, an MD Anderson program for cancer survivors.

The retired bilingual teacher was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in February 2019. At her family’s urging, she traveled from her Austin, Texas home to seek a second opinion at MD Anderson. Here, she met with a multidisciplinary team of...

Breast cancer survivor Debbie Mendoza with her dog

BY Cynthia DeMarco

To a cancer patient, one of the most magical words in the English language may be “remission.” For those fortunate enough to hear it, it imparts...

BY Meagan Raeke

At the time of her breast cancer diagnosis, Teresa Serbia knew she was overweight.

“After I was fortunate enough to become a survivor...

BY Devon Carter

When found early, breast cancer can often be treated successfully. “90-97% of patients with early stage breast cancer are alive and well even 10 or 15 years after treatment,” says Carlos Barcenas, M.D., associate medical director of the MD Anderson breast cancer survivorship clinic.

But survivorship is complex and can bring new challenges. Here, Barcenas shares three insights to help breast cancer patients with the transition into...

Illustration of breast cancer survivors in masks

BY Molly Adams

Overcoming cancer can bring a new perspective on life – and health. Your body needs nutrients to stay healthy and to limit the long-term side...

BY Lillian Dooies

I first came to MD Anderson in January 2013, after being diagnosed in Florida with acute myeloid leukemia. I didn’t know it at the time, but...

BY Nicole Body

Cancer survivorship is not exactly what I thought it would be. It has brought both unexpected hardship and indescribable joy to my life. But...

BY Nicole Body

One year, cancer-free. It was hard to believe it, even as I typed those words on Dec. 13, 2018. I never knew I could feel so overjoyed to...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

Courage. Hope. Love. Faith. Strength. Wisdom. These are a few of the gifts that our cancer survivors shared with us on Cancerwise this past...

BY Elizabeth Deligiannis

When I was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2009, I didn’t know anyone who had ever had the disease. So I was frightened, confused and didn’t...