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BY Danielle Underferth

Regular screening mammograms detect breast cancer early when they are easiest to treat successfully. But can a screening test called thermography do the same thing, without the low-dose radiation and breast compression that come with mammography?

We talked to Ethan Cohen, M.D., who sees patients at MD Anderson West Houston Diagnostic Imaging, about the differences between these two tests, and what women should know if they...

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BY Ronda Wendler

When Trena Robertson’s left hip began aching, she visited an orthopedic specialist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her hometown.  

BY Rochelle Manning and Lesley Bailey

For patients with complex head and neck tumors, proton therapy allows us to treat the tumors effectively while minimizing the radiation dose...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

Layered on top of our genes is an additional set of information -- the epigenome, which is important for many cellular activities. Disruption of the epigenome is a major hallmark of cancer development. MD Anderson researcher Kunal Rai, Ph.D., is focused on better understanding the epigenome’s role in cancer.

Rai’s team has recently published studies in Cancer Cell and Cell Reports that report a key role for the epigenetic regulator...

BY Lany Kimmons

When Cherie Sanders’ doctor in Amarillo diagnosed her with breast cancer, he described her tumor as “5 centimeters by 2.5 centimeters” and...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

Although a tumor may start from a single cancer cell, it can eventually become millions of cells with unique characteristics. This diversity...

BY Mark Zindler

In early 2019, I was almost seven years out from my original melanoma diagnosis. I’d been living cancer-free since having surgery and radiation...

BY Mark Teague

When I moved to central Louisiana for my job as a high school football coach in 2016, I starting hearing great things about MD Anderson almost...

BY Molly Adams

Though you may not suspect it from the name, small cell lung cancer is among the most aggressive types of lung cancer.

Most small cell...

BY Shannon Hillegeist

"People are going to want to do something for you. It may be hard to accept their 'help,' and sometimes their 'help'...

BY Ronda Wendler

Ever since Robin Birthisel was diagnosed with a slow-growing type of multiple myeloma 10 years ago, she’s experienced unpleasant side effects...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Got plans for a big Thanksgiving Day celebration? Not so fast.

Before you send out those feast invitations or make those travel arrangements...

BY Catherine Wright

I was pregnant with my second child when I began having constipation. It turned out to be my first symptom of rectal cancer, but I didn’t...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President Carol Porter, D.N.P., formed her first impressions of MD Anderson as a Magnet appraiser in...

BY Devon Carter

Clinical trials are how progress is made in medicine. “They’re really essential to drive our ability to deliver better cancer care,” says...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you’ve caught and recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19), you might be wondering what that means. Are you immune to the virus now? Can...

BY Jo Ann Foster

My husband, Gary, had been healthy and active before he began complaining of a backache at age 67. Then he started having trouble swallowing...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Whether you’re itching to take a vacation, wanting to visit extended family and friends for the holidays, or needing to travel for cancer...

BY Devon Carter

Steroids are a natural part of your body. They’re hormones that help regulate your body’s reaction to infection or injury, the speed of your...

BY Bob Wilkes

In 2012, my dermatologist in South Carolina noticed a bump on my cheek. A biopsy showed that I had stage IV melanoma. 

We...

BY Molly Adams

We’re all spending more time at home these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many parents, that means kids are spending more time with...

BY Beth Norris

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at age 48, after some blood work from an annual checkup came back a little wacky.

My doctor said...

BY Heather Alexander

Your body depends on vitamin D. And one of the ways to get it is by being outside. That’s because the sun’s UV rays activate vitamin D production...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Today, treatment for throat cancer isn’t just focused on removing the cancer. Now that most patients successfully overcome the cancer, doctors...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Weight loss is a common side effect of some cancer treatments. But sometimes, the opposite happens — and patients end up packing on the pounds...

BY James Thomas

Before I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I considered clinical trials a last-ditch effort.

In my mind, they were only for people...

BY Danielle Underferth

If you were planning to run that 5K for your favorite charity or tackle a marathon this year, don’t despair. The COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

All of the DNA in our cells is organized into complex structures called chromosomes, which consist of our genetic material coiled around many...

BY Gregg Davis

At my annual physical in 2019, a blood test showed my PSA levels had increased. I was also experiencing symptoms such as frequent need to...