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BY Chris Massanova

I ran my first triathlon in the summer of 2015. Even with the 100-degree Texas heat, I fell in love with the sport. I started training several hours a day and eating a healthy diet. Swimming, running and cycling gave me a way to challenge myself and develop a healthy mindset about my food choices.

This also helped me overcome cancer of the base of tongue a few years later.

In the summer of 2021, I had a sore throat when...

Chris Massanova riding a bicycle during a race.

BY D. Ivan Young, Ph.D.

As an International Coaching Foundation master-certified coach, National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching-certified coach and behavioral...

BY Jessica King

A few of my relatives have had cancer over the years, but not many. And the one who developed lung cancer was a grandparent who smoked three...

BY April Clayton

Whenever Jessica King returns to Houston for an appointment at MD Anderson, she has to make one stop before she leaves: a visit with Jill Flynn, a physician assistant who cared for the Kilgore, Texas native during oral cancer treatment. 

From Jessica’s first visit until she hit the gong at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center to mark the end of her treatment, Flynn was there. 

A rare oral cancer diagnosis...

Jessica King sits on a bench outdoors with physician assistant Jill Flynn. Both women are wearing medical-grade face masks.

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Living with a tracheostomy and learning proper tracheostomy care can take some adjustment for cancer patients who rely on them during cancer...

BY Ann Gillenwater, M.D.

As director of MD Anderson’s Oral Cancer Prevention Clinic, I see many patients each year with both oral cancers and pre-cancerous conditions...

BY Shelley Varnado

In January 2020, I noticed a changing spot under my tongue. My family doctor advised that I get it biopsied. The results came back negative...

BY Danielle Underferth

The American Cancer Society recently updated its guidelines for preventing cancer. Among the recommendations: Don’t drink alcohol.

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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 Kate Hutcheson, Ph.D.

The ability to swallow — or to eat and drink what you enjoy most without choking or coughing — is something that many of us take for granted...