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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Ever logged into MyChart to check on some lab test results, then just stared blankly at the screen once you saw them? You’re not alone. 

Unless you work in the medical field, figuring out what all of those values mean and how to interpret them can sometimes be a challenge.

We sought insight from Adriana Maria Knopfelmacher-Couchonal, M.D., a specialist in Laboratory Medicine. Here’s what she had to say.

How are...

Man in green sweater and blue pants discussing online medical chart with two doctors

BY Chuck Williams

In 2001, I was 31 years old, working full time and engaged to be married. I had no symptoms or abnormalities. But one day, I noticed a knot...

BY Ronda Wendler

A social media post about a man’s positive pregnancy test reportedly led to his testicular cancer diagnosis.

The man jokingly took...

BY JMichael Shipman

Before scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro in June 2018, I’d never climbed a real mountain. I live in Beaumont, Texas, which is only around 30 feet above sea level. So, getting to the top of Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) was going to be a real challenge.

But after seeing two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner’s story on TV while recovering from testicular cancer treatment myself last year, I was determined to go on a trip of my own one day to celebrate...

Testicular cancer survivor JMichael Shipman, atop Mt. Kilimanjaro

BY JMichael Shipman

Before I was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 21 last year, I only did self-checks in the shower when I remembered to. That translated...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you — or your child — were diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? How would you handle the treatments and the side effects? How would...

BY James Coulson Jr.

One of the things that I learned as a testicular cancer patient at MD Anderson is that distraction is the name of the game. Our brains are...

BY James Coulson Jr.

Before I had testicular cancer, I was a really cynical person. I looked at the glass as half-empty. And I saw everything in life as just a...

BY Lany Kimmons

Patients' fertility can be affected both during cancer treatment – when an unplanned pregnancy could be a serious problem – and later, if...

BY Clayton Boldt

Sexual problems are one of the most common long-term side effects that cancer patients face. In a survey of MD Anderson cancer patients, almost...