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BY Jerry Iacono

My personal goal has always been to run the New York City Marathon. As New York residents, my family and I have volunteered at the event for 22 years. In 2019, I decided to start training by walking and working up to running long distances.

A month after the race, I started to notice painful swallowing, then a dull pain in my right ear. Each day, the discomfort got worse. I knew something was wrong and called my primary care doctor...

 Jerry Iacono poses with his arms in the air outside MD Anderson's Proton Therapy Center

BY Meagan Raeke

Oropharyngeal cancer includes cancers of the tonsils, base of the tongue and other parts of the throat. It’s usually caused by the human papillomavirus...

BY Meagan Raeke

When Tim Hardesty walks the MD Anderson skybridge in short sleeves, he’s frequently stopped by employees and patients alike who notice the...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

After Tony Loth was diagnosed with tonsil cancer, a local specialist told him the best course of action was a radical neck dissection. He accepted this plan and went home. His doctor was the expert, after all.

Later that night, his wife, a dentist, drew out the procedure for him. Now he could see just how invasive it would be. “If that’s what it takes to beat cancer, I’ll do it,” Tony thought. But he wondered if there was an easier...

Tonsil cancer survivor Tony Loth poses in a cowboy hat

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...

BY Jeff Deatsman

MD Anderson is a very humbling place. When I was there for my tonsil cancer treatments in late 2016 and early 2017, I’d always see someone...

BY Jeff Deatsman

When an ear, nose and throat doctor confirmed that I had tonsil cancer in October 2016, it came as something of a relief. I know that probably...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

In 2017, dozens of our cancer patients shared the stories of their diagnosis, treatment and life after cancer here on Cancerwise. As they...

BY John Chattaway

At age 62, Tom Jackson was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The diagnosis is common among men his age, so he took it in stride.

But...

BY Michael Terry

I grew up in a medical family. My father was a doctor, and my mother was hospital dietitian. So, I've been familiar with medicine and medical...