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BY Charlene Upshaw

As an MD Anderson employee, and someone who has worked in clinical research for many years, I know how important cancer screening exams are and the benefits they offer when it comes to early detection. Even being armed with this knowledge, I still skipped my mammogram for two years. I was guilty of doing what so many women do: focusing on caring for other people.

Thankfully, I finally scheduled a screening mammogram in 2019, and...

Breast cancer survivor and proton therapy patient Charlene Upshaw

BY Alyssa Warr

I was working as a physician assistant in California when my husband’s job moved us to Singapore. About a year after we got there, I started...

BY Rachel Lynn, M.D.

Handwashing, disinfecting high-touch surfaces, social distancing, wearing masks and staying at home are the best tools we have right now to...

BY Christopher Plummer

The first time my little sister, Erica Nowell, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2005, she was still a teenager and I was deployed overseas in Iraq. My family felt it best not to tell me at the time. They wanted me to stay focused on getting home safely.

It took me a while to make peace with that decision, though I knew they were only acting in my best interests. Back then, I wasn’t in a position to help or support my sister...

Siblings and sarcoma survivors Chris Plummer and Erica Nowell

BY Meagan Raeke

During the past three years, you may have seen anti-smoking advertisements sponsored by the tobacco industry on television, in newspapers,...

BY Marty Reeder

I’m a professional martial artist, so I’m very aware of my body and live a healthy lifestyle. That’s why it took me by surprise when I was...

BY Bill Crutcher

When I was diagnosed with myelofibrosis in March 2017, I didn’t know it was a bone marrow disorder that could turn into leukemia. All I knew...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Last updated July 2, 2020.

As the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and related hospital admissions continue to rise, so, too, does...

BY Robert Harris

Over the past 10 years, I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and colorectal cancer. I was treated at MD Anderson...

BY Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D.

If you’ve been feeling even more stressed than usual lately, you’re not alone. Many of us are struggling with so-called quarantine fatigue...

BY Peter WT Pisters, M.D.

Since Memorial Day weekend, our nation has seen a sharp increase in the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Here in the nine-county...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Cindy Stueber was supposed to be helping her daughter, Shelby, look at wedding dresses and elegant up-dos. Instead, she was making plans to...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

Patient Care Technician Raymond Alex Jr., is known in MD Anderson’s Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and around the hospital for sharing inspirational...

BY John Hyatt

I worked at MD Anderson for 16 years as a program manager in Employee Health & Wellbeing before retiring in 2015. So, I knew that it was...

BY Natalie Salas

In January 2019, my husband, Santiago, began experiencing mild stomach problems. He described it as a pulling sensation in his abdomen. He...

BY Sarah Zizinia

Many cancer patients and their families rely on support groups to help navigate cancer and manage their mental and emotional health. That’...

BY Chris Golding

Without their Native American guide, Sacagawea, to lead them, early American explorers Lewis and Clark might never have survived their journey...

BY Marc O'Connor

I discovered I had cancer in July 2018, after going to my doctor about a bump on my neck. I had no cold-like symptoms, so my doctor referred...

BY Lindsey Garner

Kasey Marsh has always been a creative person. She ran her own professional photography business for over a decade, and has drawn and painted...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

When Ewing’s sarcoma survivor Erica Nowell learned that her older brother, Chris Plummer, had cancer earlier this year, she was shocked. But...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

After almost three months of social distancing to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you might be itching to get out and enjoy...

BY Lesley Zentz

When I was 10, one of my relatives came all the way from another state to get treated for breast cancer at MD Anderson. Another one got breast...

BY Welela Tereffe, M.D.

Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, my personal life involved a lot of socializing. I’d travel at least twice a month — sometimes...

BY Fernando Martinez, M.D.

Our cancer patients need approximately 200 units of red blood cells and 600 units of platelets each day. MD Anderson Blood Bank depends on...

BY Devon Carter

When chemotherapy alone isn’t successful in treating blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma in pediatric patients, a stem cell transplant...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

Last updated July 14, 2020

Cancer patients are uniquely vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, because their immune systems...

BY Lizzy Simonian

I never had any neuroendocrine tumor symptoms before my diagnosis. In fact, I went in for surgery for something else altogether.
...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Wearing a mask when out in public is one of the easiest ways to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, especially by those...

BY Sarah Zizinia

When Marie Chaplinksy went in for a checkup with her cardiologist in March 2017, she was surprised when she was called back to have her bloodwork...

BY David Maddox

After retiring from a 35-year career teaching and coaching at my dream job, I’d planned to spend time with my wife, Joanna, and enjoy my favorite...

BY Jason House

I believe everything happens for a reason. So, when I was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma — an aggressive type of brain cancer — in...

BY Krista Lusby

In 2016, my husband and I were trying to expand our family. A swollen lymph node almost derailed our plans entirely.

I’d felt the lump...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Last updated on July 10, 2020

Testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasing in many communities. But who actually needs...

BY Danielle Underferth

Karen Basen-Engquist. Ph.D., has managed to stay physically active during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a recent...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Maribeth Holzer asked her family doctor about a curious lump in her right armpit, she never suspected it was follicular lymphoma...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

To help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and make it easier for patients to see a doctor without leaving home, MD Anderson...

BY MD Anderson Staff

Last updated on July 14, 2020

Despite communities beginning to lift “stay home” orders during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic...

BY Ronda Wendler

Charles Salazar lives in New Jersey, but considers Houston his “second” home.

For four years, he and his wife, Debbie, have been traveling...

BY Ronda Wendler

Natalie Sanchez knows that entering a treatment center like MD Anderson for the first time can be very intimidating for a newly diagnosed...

BY MD Anderson staff

As states begin to lift coronavirus stay-at-home orders and reopen businesses, people are beginning to venture out in public more frequently...

BY Lyndsey Kilgore, M.D.

As a mom, fellow in breast cancer surgery and a former general surgery resident, I’m used to handling tough situations. But this past March...

BY Brooke Spacek

I’ve always been interested in critical care nursing. I find the complexity of caring for patients on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) invigorating...

BY Meagan Raeke

As we all face unprecedented changes and challenges brought by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, kindness matters more than ever....

BY Chavaun LeBlanc

Regular handwashing, consistent social distancing, wearing a mask in public, and frequent disinfection of high-touch objects remain the best...

BY Carol Porter, D.N.P.

When the World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence...

BY Ronda Wendler

Shelly Ward is a trailblazer. As one of only a few female airplane pilots with the U.S. Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration...

BY Kelly Calagna

“You are not alone.” These are just a few of the kind words that Donya’ Easterly came home to find posted on her front door recently....

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Mary Hernandez didn’t realize how sick she was when she came to the MD Anderson Emergency Center on March 30. The 41-year-old was still reeling...

BY Ronda Wendler

While George Chang, M.D., battled the cough, high fever and severe body aches caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), his immune system was...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Like many people, Suzanne Damann has had to curtail her activities due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Social distancing and...

BY Molly Adams

As we each do our part to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by practicing social distancing and staying home, many...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

As more people recover from the novel coronavirus and seek to resume their normal activities, there’s been a lot of talk about testing for...

BY Naveen Pemmaraju, M.D.

I think the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is one of the most serious – and important – times of our generation. Right now, as the U.S. heads...

BY Higdon Compton

I was first diagnosed with kidney cancer in spring 2019. I had a chest X-ray because I’d recently quit smoking. My lungs were OK, but the...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

Want to help a friend or loved one facing cancer during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but not sure how?

“Cancer patients...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Have you heard the one about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) isn’t nearly as bad as catching the flu? How about the claim that only “old people...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

Last updated on June 24, 2020

The best things you can do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are practicing social...

BY Ronda Wendler

Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many cancer patients and caregivers were already experiencing insomnia. And now, the added challenges...

BY Clara Fowler

News headlines about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic seem to change by the minute. And it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the massive amounts...

BY Ronda Wendler

Callie Piper is a planner with a capital “P.” And nothing thrown her way during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed that....

BY Kelley Murfin

Since Robert Alvarado was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2014, his family has accompanied him to each appointment, from...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Over the course of their 33-year marriage, Jack ("Pat") and Cindy Chamberlain have faced many challenges. Jack lost his job right...

BY Peter WT Pisters, M.D.

Like everyone, the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted my work life and daily routines. As president of MD Anderson,...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As we practice social distancing to protect ourselves and others during the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s easy...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Mara Antonoff, M.D.’s children have been hand-delivering encouragement to her patients regularly, ever since the cardiothoracic surgeon joined...

BY Lori Baker

Completing cancer treatment is a big deal. Frequently, it’s celebrated through a bell ringing ceremony with family and care team members....

BY Allison Rosen

When I was undergoing treatment for colorectal cancer about eight years ago, it was really important that I stay away from other people, especially...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Last updated July 2, 2020

The novel coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – has introduced many new terms to our vocabulary: from “community...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

By now, most cancer patients and their caregivers know the basic precautions they can take to minimize the risk of contracting the 2019 novel...

BY Allison Hemer Jochetz

My husband, John, and I had only been married 45 days when he was diagnosed with glioblastoma on Sept. 1, 2017. Hurricane Harvey loomed over...

BY Molly Adams

With the constant stream of information surrounding the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it’s easy to feel stressed or anxious....

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Cancer patients often need regular doctor visits, both to receive treatment and to have their progress and side effects monitored and managed...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Last updated June 29, 2020

Some cancer patients take medications that suppress their immune systems as a part of their treatment. That...

BY Lesley Zentz

As a general rule, I don’t take medicine unless I absolutely have to. I’ve never been one to swallow an aspirin at the first sign of a fever...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

As a cancer caregiver, you may be wondering how you can protect your loved one from infection — particularly with the 2019 novel coronavirus...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is an innovative type of cancer treatment. During this procedure, doctors perform a surgery...

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 Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Faye Hood was training for a half-marathon in 2017, when the active then-70-year-old received a stomach cancer diagnosis.

While she...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

About 12,000 people will be diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumors — sometimes called carcinoid tumors — each year. But what exactly are these...

BY Kevin Thurman

Until a few years ago, my father was the only person in my family who’d ever had cancer. In 1997, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, which...

BY Tiffany Honken

I’m the kind of person who follows my gut. So, when I looked up my symptoms online and thought I had inflammatory breast cancer, I kept pushing...

BY Diana Vasquez

When most people hear the word “cancer,” they usually react with fear or distress. That’s why I’m so glad to work as a nurse navigator at...

BY Mara Antonoff, M.D.

The way I practice medicine is heavily influenced by the fact that I’m a mother. Many of the same qualities that are useful in parenting my...

BY Leslie Melson

I live in Dallas, but when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2017, I chose to come to MD Anderson for my treatment. My husband...

BY Guy Lipof

Prior to my wife’s glioblastoma diagnosis in 2013, I traveled a lot for my job, both inside and outside the U.S. That arrangement worked out...

BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

In late 2016, I was eating organic food, working out regularly and had never missed a mammogram. Yet, I still ended up with a breast cancer...

BY Molly Adams

Facing a cancer diagnosis or caring for someone during cancer treatment can be extremely stressful. And, when you’re dealing with stress,...

BY Devon Carter

Natural killer cells – or NK cells – are part of our immune system. They patrol our bodies for abnormal cells like cancer and destroy them...

BY Jim Melson

Until November 2018, I’d never been hospitalized before. So, the suddenness of my lung cancer diagnosis at age 65 that year caught me completely...

BY Molly Adams

Losing bone density is common as you age, when cells that help rebuild bones aren’t replaced as quickly. Because of this, your bones may become...

BY Jacqueline Mason

Here are seven things cancer patients should know about coronaviruses, including the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first...

BY Guy Lipof

It’s unlikely you’re ever going to meet anyone quite like my wife. For one thing, Susie is a two-time brain cancer survivor. That alone makes...

BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

I’d always heard that people should wait a year before volunteering at MD Anderson, so they could make sure they were “over it” after finishing...

BY Lisly Chery, M.D.

People never want to be just a number, a chart or a diagnosis. They want their doctors to know them — to see them as real people and not just...

BY Chuck Martinez

Before my lung cancer diagnosis in 2007, I didn’t know anything about proton therapy. But then I came to MD Anderson for a second opinion...

BY Molly Adams

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that’s most commonly found in the lining of the lungs or abdomen, but it can also start in the lining of the...

BY Thomas Aloia, M.D.

Since becoming a doctor, one of the most important things I’ve learned is that the more we can lower patients’ anxiety levels, the better...

BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

When I first lost my hair due to breast cancer treatment, I often heard people say, “Don’t worry. It’s only hair.” The implication was that...

BY Lauren Graves

My doctor didn’t notice anything unusual during my well-woman exam in February 2018. When I felt a lump in my breast two months later, I wasn...

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 Callie Glaves

I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I became an aunt at a very young age, and I loved taking care of my nieces and nephews. I worked at a child...

BY Katie Brooks

Georgia Wilson, 24, remembers the first time she shared her own cancer experience to help someone else. She was sitting in the lobby of MD...