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BY Alexa Jett

After I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis at age 15, I began having my thyroid monitored regularly. In 2012, during a checkup in Tyler, Texas, an ultrasound showed two abnormal nodules. 

I visited an endocrinologist, who told me not to worry. But in 2017, I started noticing changes in my voice. I had trouble swallowing, major fatigue and flu-like symptoms. I decided to seek a second opinion. That’s how I found out...

Papillary thyroid cancer survivor Alexa Jett

BY Lori Baker

Tucked away in our Head and Neck Center are three artists. But instead of choosing the perfect color for a painting, they select the perfect...

BY Brittany Cordeiro

Sarah Rykowski is a chief prosecutor in the U.S. Army. In 2013, while stationed in Seoul, South Korea, she discovered a lump close to her...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

While life isn’t exactly the same, Ronnie Queenan prefers to acknowledge that he’s still alive five years after undergoing surgery and radiation to remove a tumor from his jaw.

“Just have an attitude of gratitude,” he says.

Ronnie’s cancer journey began July 2011, when a stubborn toothache forced him into a tooth extraction.

“I was really sore after I had it pulled, but I didn’t think nothing of it. I went back to...

Cancerwise blog post: Ronnie Queenan underwent oral cancer surgery

BY Summer E. Hanson, M.D., Ph.D.

For many breast cancer patients, breast reconstruction is an important part of cancer treatment. The goal of breast reconstruction surgery...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

It took Eileen Brzoska almost eight years to get an accurate adenoid cystic carcinoma diagnosis. “I was misdiagnosed twice due to the rarity...

BY Lori Baker

When Paula Bell was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in her left breast in 2007, she had chemotherapy prior to undergoing a mastectomy...

BY Audrey Seykora

Michelene Shannon is well-aware of MD Anderson’s vast resources and research – she’s been an employee here for 10 years. But in January 2014...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

James (Jim) Boysen first met Jesse C. Selber, M.D., four years ago. The Austin-based software developer had come to MD Anderson for reconstructive...

BY Kellie Bramlet

Whether you're a patient or a caregiver, cancer treatment is stressful. But our social work counselors can help.

At MD Anderson,...