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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, after being diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumor in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1971. Since then, I’ve had several recurrences of kidney cancer, and four additional cancer diagnoses: pheochromocytoma, soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma and another type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma.

Cancer also...

9-time cancer survivor Jennifer Meador

BY Meagan Raeke

Last updated March 18, 2022. 

When Bob Seibert reflects on the nearly one and half years since his stage IV melanoma diagnosis...

BY Sarah Zizinia

Five-time cancer survivor Robert Clark has been through a lot in the past few years. But he believes firmly in two things: maintaining a positive...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs in melanocytes, the cells that carry pigment.

But are there different types? How is it usually treated? And are there any new therapies available?

We checked in with melanoma specialist Isabella Glitza Oliva, M.D., Ph.D., for answers to these questions and more. Here’s what she had to say.

What are the different types of melanoma?

The vast majority of cases occur...

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BY Jennifer Wargo, M.D.

As a cancer surgeon and researcher, I’ve poured my heart and soul into making a difference for patients over the past 20 years. Recently,...

BY Ronda Wendler

Pam Blaine was on top of the world. She’d just graduated with a master’s degree in arts administration and landed a new job with the Utah...

BY Bradley Evans, Psy.D.

My melanoma diagnosis started out like many others: a suspicious mole followed by a dermatology appointment — and then, bad news. That was...

BY Danielle Underferth

If you have dark skin, you may think you have natural protection from sunburns, sun damage and skin cancer. But the relationship between skin...

BY Mark Zindler

I was a real sun-worshipper growing up, so I spent a lot of time at the beach. Galveston Island is only an hour away from my hometown of Houston...

BY Stephanie Watson

I’m originally from Maine, but I’ve known for a long time that MD Anderson is the gold standard of cancer care. So, when I was diagnosed with...