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BY Devon Carter

The COVID-19 vaccines mark the first widespread use of mRNA technology. They work by using synthetic genetic code to instruct the patient’s cells to recognize the coronavirus and activate the immune system against the virus.

But researchers began exploring how to use mRNA vaccines as a new way to treat cancer long before this technology was used against the coronavirus.

“We've known about this technology for a long time...

Illustration of -cell displaying antibodies created in response to foreign protein fragments produced from a personalized mRNA vaccine recognizes a colorectal cancer cell and signals killer T-cells to destroy it.

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 Stacy Sager

My dear husband, Craig, fought courageously, but lost his battle with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2016. It’s hard to believe it’s already...

BY Heather Alexander

At-home genetic tests can reveal a wide range of information that can impact your life in different ways. You might find out you’re sensitive to caffeine. Or you may be told you are at higher risk for cancer.

But just because these tests are convenient and can reveal interesting information, does that mean you should try them?

Before you spend money on a test for yourself or someone else, get all the important details from...

Illustration shows clinician and DNA string

BY Shelby Brimley

When Charlie was eight weeks old, I noticed his legs had become limp. We took him to the ER and discovered he had a large tumor compressing...

BY MD Anderson Staff

Last updated Jan. 25, 2021

As more people become eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, many cancer patients may be concerned about...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

Discovering and developing new treatments for cancer is a difficult process with many obstacles. These challenges can slow the process of...

BY Amy Lee

In May 2019, a few days after my son’s high school graduation, I woke up to a large lump as hard as a tennis ball on my side. My family and...

BY Ronda Wendler

Jenn Myers was scrolling through Facebook while waiting for her chemotherapy session to start last April when a post caught her attention....

BY Ann Gillenwater, M.D.

As director of MD Anderson’s Oral Cancer Prevention Clinic, I see many patients each year with both oral cancers and pre-cancerous conditions...