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BY Oluchi Oke, M.D.

In the past, only the size of a tumor and the status of nearby lymph nodes were used to determine the stage of someone’s breast cancer. It was a fairly simple system based purely on anatomy, and was therefore easy for people to memorize. 

If a tumor was two centimeters wide or smaller, it was considered stage I.  If a tumor was larger than that or the cancer was detectable in nearby lymph nodes, it was considered stage...
Breast medical oncologist Oluchi Oke, M.D., against a background photo of oversized pink flowers

BY Ronda Wendler

Carolyn Drone thought her days of coping with cancer were over. She’d finished leukemia treatment two years earlier and showed no signs of...

BY Molly Adams

As we spend more time outside this summer, you may be wondering how best to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging UV rays and reduce your...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you’ve seen the headlines about monkeypox and are wondering if you need to be concerned, you’re not alone. 

To learn more about this contagious disease, we went to Chief Infection Control Officer Roy Chemaly, M.D. Here’s what he wants cancer patients and their caregivers to know. 

What is monkeypox? 

It’s a virus that belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox. It was discovered in 1958 in colonies...

View through a magnifying glass of monkeypox pustules on a human hand

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Has claustrophobia ever kept you from getting an MRI? Or a fear of needles made routine bloodwork or IV chemotherapy difficult? If so, then...

BY Tenchita Urteaga

In September 2021, I was in the process of moving to San Antonio and finishing up some coursework for a teaching certification. Then, I got...

BY Devon Carter

Many patients’ goal for cancer treatment is cure. But what if there isn’t a known cure for your diagnosis? That’s the case for patients with...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you need chemotherapy as a part of your cancer treatment, you might have some concerns about losing your hair. But does every chemotherapy...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Rebekah Thibodeaux didn’t expect to see her daughter 13-year-old daughter, Lane, back in the saddle so soon. When Lane was diagnosed with...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Lymphedema is a side effect of cancer treatment that can cause swelling in the arms and legs. It happens when lymphatic fluid doesn’t drain...