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BY Higdon Compton

I was first diagnosed with kidney cancer in spring 2019. I had a chest X-ray because I’d recently quit smoking. My lungs were OK, but the scan caught a tumor on my kidney. Dr. Christopher Wood cut out the baseball-sized tumor with clean margins, and I didn’t worry about anything for another year.

In March 2020, I learned the cancer, renal cell carcinoma, had returned and spread to my spine. This time, everything has been very different...

Higdon Compton stands next to the bell

BY Lisly Chery, M.D.

People never want to be just a number, a chart or a diagnosis. They want their doctors to know them — to see them as real people and not just...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Cancer patients come to MD Anderson for many reasons. Some want the expertise of the nation’s top hospital for cancer care for cancer care...

BY Jim Allison, Ph.D.

For a long time, immunotherapy was considered nonsense by many people in mainstream cancer medicine. It had been tried for years, starting with a German scientist named Paul Ehrlich in 1906. There’d been a lot of other attempts since then, particularly in the 1960s and 1980s, but none of them really worked.

Unfortunately, there was a lot of hype around those efforts each time. So, when they didn’t pan out, the field as a whole...

Nobel Prize-winning immunotherapy researcher Jim Allison, Ph.D.

BY Tony Laudadio

When I was diagnosed with kidney cancer at age 29, I thought I had a life-changing story to tell. I was enjoying a great career and my young...

BY Jodi Harris

MD Anderson’s Dr. Patrick Hwu often tells me that if he could write a cancer success story, he would want it to read just like mine. Why?...

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 Tim Andrews

When I was in my 20s, people referred to cancer as the “Big C.” Back then, there weren’t many treatment options, and the prognosis wasn’t...

BY Rose O'Neill

I don’t get sick very often. And no one in my family has ever had cancer, so when I was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2012, I didn’t...

BY Sarah Roder

I used to joke that I came to MD Anderson by mistake, because when I graduated from nursing school, I missed all the deadlines at the other...