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BY Brissa Castillo

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been a source of strength. She’s my comforter, advisor, mentor and role model.

But in 2017, the tables turned when a doctor discovered my mom had ocular melanoma, a type of eye cancer. It was in her right eye. My mom would need many months of treatment, with moral support along the way.

Now it was my turn to support her, just as she had always supported me.

Early eye cancer...

Photo of Brissa Castillo and her mom, Julia

BY Cynthia DeMarco

During the past year, dozens of our patients and caregivers have shared their stories with us. Some dealt with proving a terminal diagnosis...

BY Mark Hood

When my prescription reading glasses snapped in two without warning in November 2016, I had no idea how much my life was about to change.<...

BY Liza Dora

I’ve always been a bit of an extremist. So, when I learned that skin cancer runs in my mom’s family, I started seeing a dermatologist immediately. And I was vigilant about it, too. I’d literally take off all my clothes and make the doctor look everywhere during my annual exams. It was almost awkward.

I also became the “mean” mom — the one who makes everyone else’s kid wear a hat and sunscreen while they’re playing outside....

Conjunctival melanoma survivor Liza Dora and her daughter

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 Cynthia DeMarco

Between them, husband and wife Malcolm and Dorothy Paterson have been diagnosed with three different types of cancer, one of which is so rare...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

When Paul Skobel’s eyelid cancer returned in 2013, his local oncologist told him that he would probably lose his right eye because of the...

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 India Ogazi

You probably know that skin cancer can affect many different parts of your skin. But did you know skin cancer also can occur on your eyelid...

BY Britta Fortson

Some 23 years ago, I was 19 and getting ready to start college at Florida State University. But after experiencing blurry vision that could...