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BY James Thomas

Before I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I considered clinical trials a last-ditch effort.

In my mind, they were only for people who were willing to try absolutely anything to stay alive — even if it meant enduring pain and discomfort.

It turns out that all of my assumptions were wrong. So, today, I know better.

I’ve been on an immunotherapy clinical trial now for about two years. It’s led by Dr. Maria Cabanillas...

Thyroid cancer survivor James Thomas and his wife, Edith

BY Ronda Wendler

Growing up in El Paso, Jon Filbert loved collecting autographed Major League Baseball trading cards.

“I really was into it, and I still...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

Medullary thyroid cancer is a rare cancer diagnosed in about 1,200 patients annually in the U.S. Because it’s often a silent disease, many...

BY Lainie Jones

I’ve been coming to MD Anderson for almost 11 years now, because I have a rare genetic condition called Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. It puts me at much greater risk of developing many different types of cancer over my lifetime. I’m only 36 now, and I’ve already had five cancers: adrenal, breast, thyroid, melanoma and sarcoma.

Normally, I get my checkups at MD Anderson every three months, just to make sure nothing new has cropped up. My...

Five-time cancer survivor Lainie Jones wearing a mask

BY Morgan Romero

I’ve been living with papillary thyroid cancer since 2012. If it weren’t for MD Anderson, I might not be able to say that. Because when I...

BY Lainie Jones

Genetic disorders can be really scary, but learning that I have one probably saved my life. It also led me to my current career. As a fundraiser...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Cancer patients find hope in different ways. Some do it by reminding themselves that nothing lasts forever, and that this, too, shall pass...

BY Scott Appleby

I probably wouldn’t be here today if I’d accepted the standard treatment for my stage IV anaplastic thyroid cancer and stayed in San Diego...

BY Meagan Raddatz

As I learned when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer earlier this year, there’s a lot of scary and unfamiliar territory to deal with when...

BY Lori Baker

Some of cancer’s secrets are hiding in patients’ blood. Uncovering them involves only a simple blood draw.

MD Anderson is taking innovative...