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BY Ronda Wendler

Teresa and Billy Mayo have shared almost everything during their 46-year marriage. But the couple recently shared something they never anticipated: breast cancer.

Teresa was diagnosed in 2018, and Billy in 2020.

“We thought we were done with breast cancer when Teresa finished treatment,” Billy says. “It never occurred to me that I could get breast cancer, too.”

Mammogram signals the first signs of trouble

The...

Breast cancer survivors Teresa and Billy Mayo stand holding hands beside and MD Anderson Cancer Center sign.

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Navigating breast reconstruction options can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make. Will you have immediate or delayed reconstruction...

BY Molly Adams

Whether you have a lumpectomy or a type of mastectomy, your chest may be flattened, misshapen or asymmetrical after surgery. Breast reconstruction...

BY Eva María Cárdenas

With cancer treatment — as with life — you can only make decisions based on what you know at any given moment. But new information becomes available every day, so you have to stay flexible. That’s why I’m glad I went to MD Anderson for my breast cancer treatment.

I live in Austin, and when I was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer, a lot of people asked why I wasn’t getting treated locally. But I’ve known for years that MD...

Breast cancer survivor Eva María Cárdenas

BY Craig Carson

Jennifer Smith didn’t come to MD Anderson first for her breast cancer treatment, but she wishes she had. After she’d undergone treatment at...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Frances Arnoult had a double mastectomy, but she never had to see what she would have looked like without breasts. That’s because her MD Anderson...

BY David M. Adelman, M.D., Ph.D.

Working with breast cancer patients can be a challenge. Because while some are coming to us for the very first time for their treatment, others...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Sometimes our surgeons must perform life-altering surgeries to remove cancer. And, in many cases, cancer surgeries have the potential to dramatically...

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 Terry Arnold

Maybe I’m a late bloomer. After being diagnosed with triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) in August 2007, I had a double mastectomy...