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BY Ronda Wendler

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colorectal, breast and prostate cancers combined. Because lung cancer may not produce noticeable symptoms in its early stages, more than 60% of people are diagnosed after the cancer has spread beyond the lungs and is more difficult to treat.

But now, a first-of-its-kind...

illustration of lungs

BY Brissa Castillo

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been a source of strength. She’s my comforter, advisor, mentor and role model.

But in 2017...

BY MD Anderson Staff

At MD Anderson, the health and safety of our patients and employees is our top priority every day. That's why we plan and prepare for...

BY Kelly Calagna

Alexa DiVenere was 17 years old when doctors removed her right lung and pericardium, the protective membrane surrounding her heart.

In high school, Alexa played soccer and the flute, and was a drum major in the band. But during her junior year, those activities began leaving her short of breath with pressure in her chest.

A visit to the doctor revealed devastating news. Alexa had stage IV lung cancer.

“It was such...

Lung cancer survivor and nurse Alexa DiVenere

BY Cynthia DeMarco

With the Food and Drug Administration recently issuing emergency use authorization for a new method of saliva sample processing, you may be...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

Diagnostic imaging is a powerful tool for clinicians and researchers to see cancer in the body, enabling them to distinguish between benign...

BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

As a long-time asthmatic and a recent breast cancer survivor, I’m already at high risk of developing serious complications if I get an upper...

BY Kelley Murfin

When surgeons removed a cancerous tumor called a liposarcoma from Dan Ratliff’s pelvis, they also removed an artery and vein in his leg that...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Another flu season is right around the corner. And this year, we’re expecting to face it in the midst of a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic...

BY MD Anderson Staff

If you’ve ever prepared for a hurricane, you probably already know the basics. A flashlight, extra batteries, rain gear, medications, a first-aid...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

Ginger Head was 56 years old and healthy when she was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2017. She was floored. The retired...

BY Eva Suarez

Discovering I had bone cancer when I was only 12 forced me to mature very quickly. Doctors found a growth about the size of an orange in my...

BY Robert Middlemist

I was a healthy 22-year-old with hopes of attending medical school when I asked my doctor to take my swollen lymph node seriously. A biopsy...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Studies show that cloth and medical-grade face masks can cut down on coronavirus droplet spread by 80% or more.

“So, if everyone wore...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

The morning of his esophageal cancer surgery, Dustin Pruett kissed his wife goodbye on the skybridge outside the Rotary House Hotel.

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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

In August 2015, Judith Smith was diagnosed with a type of breast cancer called mixed ductal and lobular carcinoma. A week later, her sister...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Last updated Dec. 2, 2020

As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise, more people are wondering when we’ll have a vaccine — both...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Less than a year after three scientists won the 1962 Nobel Prize for unraveling some of DNA’s mysteries, Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., became one...

BY Molly Adams

Starting a new relationship may be the last thing on your mind after a cancer diagnosis, or while you’re going through treatment. But for...

BY Meagan Raeke

In 2012, A few months after Nitin and Sharmila Vaidya celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Sharmila found a lump in her right breast....

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Whether it’s due to pain from a growing tumor, swallowing difficulties caused by radiation therapy, or the nausea, loss of appetite or mouth...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Last updated Aug. 25, 2020

Cleaning your hands regularly remains one of the simplest and most-effective defenses against illnesses...

BY Ronda Wendler

Julia Pitts knew something was wrong when, at age 62, she started bleeding and cramping.

“I thought when my menopause ended years earlier...

BY Matthew Saunders

After a series of nosebleeds in 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called olfactory neuroblastoma. I had surgery to remove the...