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BY Ronda Wendler

Gardner syndrome is a rare, inherited condition where people develop hundreds and sometimes thousands of abnormal growths in their large and small intestines.

These growths, called polyps, are noncancerous at first, but some have an almost 100% chance of becoming cancerous. This means that people with Gardner syndrome will almost certainly develop colorectal cancer.

“The chance that a polyp will turn into cancer is...

Closeup of multiple polyps inside the colon

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Mazen Nadim wasn’t interested in robotic surgery to remove his adrenal tumor at first. No scar, no deal, the 15-year-old insisted. After all...

BY Jennifer Meador

Cancer has been a part of my life practically from Day 1. 

I had to have my left kidney removed when I was just 4 months old,...

BY Lorena Junco

I had just given birth to my third child when I started showing symptoms of an adrenal gland tumor. I wasn’t actively ill. But I felt weak, anxious and crushed with fatigue. My heart was beating too fast, and my legs were walking too slowly. I couldn’t concentrate on anything. The world felt upside down.

Since I’d recently had a baby, I assumed at first that my hormones were still out of whack. I attributed my fatigue to both that...

Adrenal gland tumor survivor Lorena Junco

BY Lainie Jones

I’ve been coming to MD Anderson for almost 11 years now, because I have a rare genetic condition called Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. It puts me at...

BY Lainie Jones

Genetic disorders can be really scary, but learning that I have one probably saved my life. It also led me to my current career. As a fundraiser...

BY MD Anderson

This past year, dozens of MD Anderson patients and survivors shared their cancer journeys with us. In the process, they’ve shared...

BY Elizabeth York

In 2005, violinist Treesa Gold became concerned when she began experiencing weight gain, hair loss and acne. She saw a doctor, who told her...

BY Amanda Norwig

Charlotte Strecker has overcome adrenal carcinoma five times. She’s had several surgeries, taken oral chemotherapy and steroids for years...

BY Lainie Jones

I had adrenal cancer as an infant in 1985, so the word ‘survivor’ has been part of my vocabulary my whole life. Even though I was too...