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BY Molly Adams

Under your skull, between your brain and the top of the neck, is an area called the skull base. The space is home to a platform where the brain sits. It’s also home to other important structures like blood vessels, nerves and your spinal cord. These nerves play an important role in how you see, hear, speak, swallow, breathe, taste and smell.

Skull base tumors can be anywhere inside this cavity. Because they can be so broad...

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BY Heather Alexander

Almost everyone has at least one mole, and you may already regularly check your moles for signs of change.

That’s a good idea since...

BY Devon Carter

Many cancers grow when there’s a glitch in the DNA of our cells. Sometimes that error is passed down from a parent to their child, and sometimes...

BY April Clayton

Whenever Jessica King returns to Houston for an appointment at MD Anderson, she has to make one stop before she leaves: a visit with Jill Flynn, a physician assistant who cared for the Kilgore, Texas native during oral cancer treatment. 

From Jessica’s first visit until she hit the gong at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center to mark the end of her treatment, Flynn was there. 

A rare oral cancer diagnosis...

Jessica King sits on a bench outdoors with physician assistant Jill Flynn. Both women are wearing medical-grade face masks.

BY Cynthia DeMarco

When a small, painless lump began developing on Melissa Evans’ left arm near her elbow in late 2014, she didn’t give it much thought. The...

BY Ronda Wendler

Pam Blaine was on top of the world. She’d just graduated with a master’s degree in arts administration and landed a new job with the Utah...

BY Bradley Evans, Psy.D.

My melanoma diagnosis started out like many others: a suspicious mole followed by a dermatology appointment — and then, bad news. That was...

BY Thomas Mann

In February 2020, I went for my annual checkup in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I live. I received an excellent bill of health. However, I...

BY Naveen Pemmaraju, M.D.

Skin is the biggest organ we have. As such, it often acts as a type of window into the rest of the body. So, rashes and other skin disorders...

BY Stephen McRae, M.D.

I came to the field of medicine in a roundabout way. I always had an affinity for science. But while I made good grades in both high school...