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BY Bella Lawlar

I was about halfway through my cancer treatment for soft tissue sarcoma of the nasal cavity — a type of nasopharyngeal cancer —when I decided to get a tattoo. The tumor in my head was shrinking, and my prognosis was looking really good. I wanted to do something to memorialize the experience once I got past it.

At first, I thought I’d get a rainbow in front of a storm cloud, because in nature, you can’t really have one without the...

Nasopharyngeal cancer survivor Bella Lawlar shows the cancer strikethrough tattoo on her arm.

BY Logan Carver

If life hands you lemons, do NOT squeeze them outside. When I tried that, it soured my summer in a single afternoon.

Citrus fruits,...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Diabetes affects roughly 10% of people in the United States. Another 1 in 3 has pre-diabetes, or elevated blood sugar levels that don’t quite...

BY Meagan Raeke and Lany Kimmons

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the abdomen, known as the peritoneum. Although they’ve historically been treated the same way, there are many differences between peritoneal mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma, the more common form of the mesothelioma that is found in the lining of the lungs. Because peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms are often subtle, the disease has often spread by the...

picture of a body showing internal organs where peritoneal mesothelioma occurs

BY Abdel Monem Said Aly, Ph.D.

In my almost 73 years on this planet, I’ve been in a war, been held as a political prisoner, and been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

The highly contagious delta variant continues to be the most dominant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, causing thousands of new COVID-19 infections...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs in melanocytes, the cells that carry pigment.

But are there different types? How is it...

BY John Sullivan

In August 2019, I noticed a small lump on the right side of my neck while shaving. I immediately thought to myself that this was not normal...

BY Devon Carter

If you’ve never heard of double-hit lymphoma or you’re unfamiliar with the specifics of the disease, you’re not alone. This rare and aggressive...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

In-person classes are back in session for millions of school children across the country. But masking requirements vary by state, the highly...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

On a warm day in May 2018, Ashton and Charmayne Thomas swiftly booked a flight from Arizona to Houston. They dropped off their two eldest...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Navigating breast reconstruction options can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make. Will you have immediate or delayed reconstruction...

BY Jennifer Wargo, M.D.

As a cancer surgeon and researcher, I’ve poured my heart and soul into making a difference for patients over the past 20 years. Recently,...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Flu season is upon us once again, and for a second time in as many years it’s occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the 2021 flu season...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Between 20% and 70% of patients who receive an allogeneic stem cell transplant as a part of their cancer treatment will develop at least a...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

There’s been a lot of talk recently about a drug called ivermectin, in connection with COVID-19.

But what is ivermectin, exactly? Has...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Kinsley Curley was only 3 years old when she was diagnosed with a stage IV Wilms’ tumor, one of the most common types of kidney cancer found...

BY Desmond Martin

When I was diagnosed with a bone marrow disorder called aplastic anemia in the fall of 2013, I was already in something of an “early-life...

BY Heather Alexander

Acupressure is an ancient practice from traditional Chinese medicine. It can seem mysterious because the theory is based on pressure points...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

The route a cancer takes from its earliest stages to advanced disease is a long and winding road. Often, the first mutations or changes that...

BY Sarah Zizinia

After she’d been sick with flu-like symptoms for several weeks, Kirsti Hoopingarner decided to see her doctor. She’d been having trouble breathing...

BY Justin Bird, M.D.

When I was growing up, I played a lot of sports. In high school, one of my favorites was wrestling. And with a lot of practice, I learned...

BY Gina Van Thomme

When John Paul Shen, M.D., tells people he studies appendix cancer, many are surprised to learn that you can get appendix cancer in the first...

BY Lauren Rose

Ever since high school, Ethan Damron has wanted to be a radiation oncologist. In July 2019, he and his wife, Kendra, moved to Houston so Ethan...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Reports of breakthrough COVID-19 infections are on the rise, as the delta variant rapidly spreads in communities across the country.

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BY Devon Carter

What if we could know more about a tumor just from a patient’s blood sample? While this concept is well-established with blood cancers like...

BY Shanley Chien

In March 2019, Shelly Busby began experiencing unusual vaginal bleeding. Frightened and concerned, she went to her OB/GYN for an examination...

BY Lindsay McClure

Before I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2018, I’d never heard of MD Anderson. And cancer doesn’t run in my family,...

BY Jaqueline Mason

Last updated Aug. 23, 2021

Soon, additional COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available for everyone in the U.S. to provide added protection...

BY Danielle Underferth

Home HPV tests are marketed as a convenient, accurate and discreet way to find out if you have human papillomavirus, a common infection that...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

A hysterectomy is a common procedure used to treat gynecologic cancers, like ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and endometrial cancer, and other...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Receiving any type of cancer diagnosis can be stressful, even if it’s a common or well-known disease, such as breast cancer, lung cancer or...

BY Molly Adams

Whether it’s a cancer drug, vaccine or other medication, medical treatments in the U.S. have to go through a specific process to make sure...

BY Molly Adams

Until recently, treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia and chronic lymphoblastic leukemia meant a hospital stay, intravenous chemotherapy...

BY Meagan Raeke

As a child, researcher Surendranath Shastri, M.D., D.Ph., worshiped his dad. “He was a lifetime smoker, so I thought it was cool to smoke,...

BY Heather Alexander

If our weight loss expert had to give you one tip to help you achieve your healthy eating goals, it would be this: Avoid empty calories.

BY Molly Adams

Whether you have a lumpectomy or a type of mastectomy, your chest may be flattened, misshapen or asymmetrical after surgery. Breast reconstruction...

BY Ann Klopp, M.D., Ph.D.

As a doctor, I’m used to looking at data sets to determine when medical studies are working really well, sort of well or not very well at...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Becky Van Curen’s family had no history of cancer. So, when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015, she was shocked and scared....

BY Cynthia DeMarco

As many children prepare to return to school in person, the highly contagious delta variant continues to spur a rapid increase in COVID-19...

BY Molly Adams

Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer, but it’s still considered rare with fewer than 5,000 cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year....

BY Danielle Underferth

You probably already know that donating blood can save lives.

But did you know that donating blood and platelets is risk-free to the...

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...

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...

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...

BY Heather Alexander

When it comes to vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, many dietitians will tell you to make sure you eat the full rainbow of colors...

BY Julie Hildebrand, M.D.

As a physician, I never expected to be diagnosed with cancer myself — much less four times before age 50. But by the time I got to MD Anderson...

BY Kevin Mouton

I’ve prepared for a lot of big moments and competitions in my 30 years of coaching college and high school basketball. But nothing could have...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Judy Garcia is still too young to need a regular mammogram herself. But as a breast ultrasound technologist, the 30-year-old knows how important...

BY Pamela Schlembach, M.D.

Keeping cool during the summer can be a challenge for even the healthiest individuals. So, how do you manage it when you’re a cancer patient...

BY Naveen Pemmaraju, M.D.

Some cancer symptoms are fairly straightforward. With breast cancer, it’s often a lump. With skin cancer, it may be a mole that changes shape...

BY Meagan Raeke

As a former competitive CrossFit athlete, Katherine Norman sees herself as a healthy person. Over the last year, she also saw herself as a...

BY Curtis Pettaway, M.D.

For anything you want to do, there’s got to be some inspiration. For me, it was the pain I felt when my mother died that prompted my career...

BY Danielle Underferth

Having ulcerative colitis doesn’t mean you will get colorectal cancer, but it does increase your risk.

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic...

BY Ronda Wendler

As one of off-road motorcycle racing’s greatest legends, Destry Abbott is used to pushing his body to the limit. That’s why he knew something...

BY Molly Adams

As you age, you may have trouble remembering important dates like a loved one’s birthday or forget where you left your car keys. Memory loss...

BY Ara Vaporciyan, M.D.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with lung cancer, you might have a lot of questions: Where should I go for treatment? Which type of therapy...

BY Alessandra Land

I was 14 weeks pregnant with my first child last fall when my right breast suddenly became very inflamed. At first, it was only the change...

BY Heather Alexander

For many of us, summer brings bug bites. And that may mean itchy, red bumps that can lead to skin discoloration that lasts for months....

BY Danielle Underferth

Celebrities are promoting it, the internet is pushing it and your friends may even be raving about how taking collagen has helped their skin...

BY Ronda Wendler

Last updated July 30, 2021

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, several variants of the virus have emerged. But the one named delta is...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

If your health care provider has said you need a loop electrosurgical excision procedure, or LEEP, you may be wondering exactly what a LEEP...

BY Heather Alexander

When it comes to a healthy diet, you don’t need to quit carbs or fat or even sugar.

But your dietitian will suggest you limit processed...

BY Uzondu Osuagwu, M.D.

I got into medical school thinking I’d specialize in either cardiology or orthopedic surgery. But one of the great things about it is that...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Careli Ann Garza’s colleagues consider her the heartbeat of Gladys Porter Early College High School. As the assistant principal, Careli can...

BY Karen Vollmering

For many years, brachytherapy has been used to treat low-risk, intermediate-risk, and high-risk prostate cancer. But more recently, doctors...

BY Meagan Raeke

Nerves control everything from your heart rate to muscle movement to the fight-or-flight stress response.

“Nerves are critical to body...

BY Ashley Snider

I am a bit of a hypochondriac, so I’ve diagnosed myself with cancer on more than one occasion. But I never believed it would actually happen...

BY Danielle Underferth

If you have dark skin, you may think you have natural protection from sunburns, sun damage and skin cancer. But the relationship between skin...

BY Devon Carter

Historically, cancer patients with autoimmune disease likes lupus, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis have been excluded from clinical...

BY Josiah Halm, M.D.

I’m originally from Ghana, a small country in West Africa. I didn’t come to the United States until I was an adult. So, my first real experience...

BY Melissa Rickenbacher

In 2013, I noticed blood in my stool, which I thought was related to hemorrhoids. I also noticed heartburn on occasion. But it took five years...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

First discovered in the 1980s, exosomes are microscopic spherical packages, called vesicles, released by all cells. Their normal role in the...

BY Devon Carter

From your growth to your digestion, your hormones regulate many basic functions within your body. These chemical messengers are produced and...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Jorge Castillo’s back began to ache, he thought he’d injured himself at work.

“I install and repair electrical power grids, so...

BY Molly Adams

You probably know that cancer treatment can cause side effects like nausea, fatigue and hair loss. But some types of cancer treatment may...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Months after his chondrosarcoma treatment at another hospital, Chuck Lichtman developed a life-altering hernia. It made it hard to move, sleep...

BY Heather Alexander

If you’ve seen reports about the carcinogen benzene being found in sunscreen, you may be wondering what it means for your sun-safety routine...

BY Karen Vollmering

Radiation therapy is one of the most common forms of cancer treatment. It uses high-energy X-rays to pinpoint and destroy cancer cells. Radiation...

BY Devon Carter

Stem cells come from our bone marrow and grow to become red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. These cells make up our blood and...

BY Lauren Rose

Headaches, seizures and weakness throughout the body can all be potential brain tumor symptoms. Because these symptoms can also be signs of...

BY Ronda Wendler

Not long after moving into her new house, Dana Evans noticed an itchy red spot on her left breast.

“I’d seen a few spiders in the house...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Nicola Sirito had a rare diagnosis – a soft tissue sarcoma on his spine – but his MD Anderson care team knew they could successfully...

BY Justin Bird, M.D.

Many of the important things that we really want to accomplish in life, we can’t do alone. So, you have to identify the people who can help...

BY Cyndi Graves

Before my husband, David, was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the nasal cavity called sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma (SNUC...

BY Fred Hileman, Ph.D.

Before coming to MD Anderson for treatment of hairy cell leukemia in 2015, I was told by two different oncologists that I had only a matter...

BY Gina Van Thomme

Ethan Ludmir, M.D., grew up watching Star Wars. But unlike other fans, his favorite character wasn’t Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. Instead,...

BY Heather Alexander

Before you buy sunscreen, it’s important to understand what sun protection factor, or SPF, means. That’s the number you see on the bottle...

BY Kelley Murfin

Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare cancer that can occur in the bones or soft tissues. It’s more common in children and teens than in adults, but it...

BY Ashley Stringer

In 2017, I began experiencing shortness of breath when exercising on the treadmill. I’d noticed commercials on TV about COPD, and I thought...

BY Lauren Rose

Receiving a brain tumor diagnosis can be overwhelming. There are so many different types of brain tumors and treatment options, and you may...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

If you’ve recently received a cancer diagnosis, you may have heard the word “metastasis” or been asked by someone if your cancer has metastasized...

BY Howard Dillard, M.D.

As an internist with my own practice, I’ve been referring my patients to MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center for many years when they are faced...

BY Alessandra Land

When I was diagnosed with triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer in October 2020, it was jarring, to say the least. I was only 38&nbsp...

BY Kelley Murfin

Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are a group of rare chronic blood cancers that are often challenging to treat,with few approved treatments...

BY Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D.

Social anxiety is the reluctance to engage in everyday activities you normally enjoy, because you’re worried about making a mistake, feeling...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent announcement that those who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Last updated June 4, 2021

A mastectomy is one of the most well-known types of breast cancer treatment. MD Anderson breast surgeons...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Thousands of people will get screening exams for breast cancer, cervical cancer and lung cancer this year. Others will get diagnostic tests...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Last updated June 4, 2021

A lumpectomy is the most common type of surgery used in breast cancer treatment. At MD Anderson, our breast...

BY Kristi Nelson

If you were faced with something bigger and scarier than you initially knew how to deal with, how would you handle it? Would you sit back...

BY Kasey Bass

I was a junior at Texas A&M University when I first got diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer after a quick visit to the campus health...

BY Nancy Gajan

In early 2020, I woke up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. By chance, my hand brushed my right breast, and I felt a lump the...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

To a cancer patient, one of the most magical words in the English language may be “remission.” For those fortunate enough to hear it, it imparts...

BY Emma Letterman

Not long after my acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis in May 2019, my local oncologist said I’d probably need a stem cell transplant. At the...

BY Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D.

Burnout is the combination of exhaustion, detachment and cynicism that can sometimes develop when we’re faced with unrelieved stress over...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

Clinical Nurse Christine Durana donates blood so often, she takes a photo of her arm each time to help her remember when it’s been 56 days...

BY Mike Zenner

I’m an average guy that has never been that concerned about my health care. But once I got into my 60s, I started doing annual exams and cancer...

BY Meagan Raeke

Oropharyngeal cancer includes cancers of the tonsils, base of the tongue and other parts of the throat. It’s usually caused by the human papillomavirus...

BY Danielle Underferth

Masking, social distancing and hand washing remain important routines that prevent COVID-19 infection even if you’ve been vaccinated. But...

BY Elayne Gorhum

In 2016, my daughter was six months old, and I was still working on recovering from a difficult pregnancy. I had gone back to work as a special...

BY Ronda Wendler

Lynn Hill practices what she preaches. As a coach for one of the country’s top weight loss and wellness programs, Lynn, 66, cooks nutritious...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Any time you see a new doctor, one of the first things they’ll ask about is your medical history. That’s because everything from the aftermath...

BY Rachel Chua Bradley

When I was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer at age 50, I received treatment from a local oncologist, close to my home in northern...

BY Danielle Underferth

Cigarette smoking has been on the decline for years. But one segment of the tobacco market is still going strong: menthol cigarettes....

BY Ronda Wendler

Drew Huggins still gets emotional when he recalls the day clinical trial coordinator Jing Yang phoned him with some good news that changed...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Many prostate cancer patients don’t need surgery. But for young patients with prostate cancer that hasn’t spread, a surgery called a prostatectomy...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

You’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and life is inching back toward normal. Now, with temperatures creeping back up, you find yourself...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may already know you have many options when it comes to where to seek treatment.

But...

BY Danielle Underferth

Most stomach cancers are caused by bacteria called helicobacter pylori or H. pylori. Having H. pylori doesn’t mean you’ll get stomach...

BY Shanley Chien

For people who hope to have children of their own, a cancer diagnosis can derail those plans. However, thanks to oncofertility experts, who...

BY Heather Alexander

We all know that eating your greens is good for you, but what if you could extract the green and take it as a supplement?

A recent...

BY Karrie Fath

When I first noticed what I thought was a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck, I thought it was just an infection coming on. It...

BY Charlie Copeland

I’ve known six people who have died of pancreatic cancer, including my own dad in 2015. So, when I was diagnosed with that disease in June...

BY Jesse Summers

When you’re a young adult dealing with a cancer diagnosis, you realize that planning for the future is a luxury. However, as my wife Suzie...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

Adoptive cellular therapy is a form of immunotherapy that uses cells from our immune systems, such as T cells, as a treatment for cancer....

BY Molly Adams

Prostate cancer treatment options can include surgery, radiation therapy and hormone therapy. But some men are candidates for active...

BY Heather Alexander

In some parts of the world, mushroom extracts are often used by patients for their medicinal benefits. They’re packed with vitamin D, which...

BY Chuck Williams

In 2001, I was 31 years old, working full time and engaged to be married. I had no symptoms or abnormalities. But one day, I noticed a knot...

BY Ronda Wendler

Musician Jeff Blankenship was playing guitar in the orchestra pit during a local theatre’s live production of “American Idiot” when he began...

BY Heather Alexander

Research shows it’s best to limit red meat because it can increase your risk for colorectal cancer.

With that in mind, plant-based...

BY Molly Adams

Some types of chemotherapy can damage nerves, leading to a side effect called peripheral neuropathy. Patients may feel tingling, burning or...

BY Danielle Underferth

Having Crohn’s disease doesn’t mean you will get colorectal cancer, but it does increase your risk.

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory...

BY Devon Carter

Cancer is defined by where it starts and not by where it spreads. Where it starts helps determine how it’s treated and even the way people...

BY Kelley Murfin

The tumor microenvironment is the ecosystem that surrounds a tumor inside the body. It includes immune cells, the extracellular matrix, blood...

BY Meagan Raeke

Smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer. Yet, about 20% of lung cancers deaths occur in people who have never smoked, according to the American...

BY Katie Brooks

Knowledge is power, and now patients across the country are starting to have more timely access to their health information.

U.S. health...

BY Lany Kimmons

In the past, patients with a particular cancer type all received the same treatment, but research has shown that tumors have unique features...

BY Ronda Wendler

Siblings Christopher and Lindsay Welch have always been close.

“We were born only 18 months apart,” Lindsay says, “so we shared a lot...

BY Heather Alexander

Tea is thought to have many health benefits, from keeping you hydrated to supporting weight-loss and reducing dental cavities.

Tea...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

You’ve probably heard of the low-fat diet. Maybe even the low-carb diet. But what about the low-iodine diet?

If you or someone you...

BY Nicole Body

It wasn’t until I attended a relative’s socially distanced birthday party last spring that I really let myself consider the possibility of...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

If you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, you may be thinking about getting an antibody test to see if the vaccine “worked.” Or, if you...

BY Heather Alexander

Between 5% and 10% of cancers are hereditary. This means that the cancer is caused by a change in your genes called a genetic mutation.

BY Devon Carter

From Marie Curie’s discovery of radium that eventually lead to radiation therapy, to the pioneering work in chemotherapy by Jane Cooke Wright...

BY Eva Orbach

During a routine physical exam in June 2010, my doctor expressed concern about a possible heart abnormality. A CT scan showed my heart was...

BY Heather Alexander

There’s no doubt about it, food and stress are linked. And it’s not just that when you’re stressed you might eat too much, or too little,...

BY Ronda Wendler

Betsy Lucas was five months pregnant when a curious dime-sized lump arose on her neck.

Her family doctor thought it was likely an inflamed...

BY Ronda Wendler

A social media post about a man’s positive pregnancy test reportedly led to his testicular cancer diagnosis.

The man jokingly took...

BY Lori Baker

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Jordan Pietz is helping tell MD Anderson’s stories with his artistic talents and scientific knowledge...

BY Lindsay Crawford Suber, M.D.

I’m an orthopedic surgeon at one of the largest general hospitals in the Houston area. It serves as a major trauma center for the entire region...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

One of the most difficult aspects of treating lung cancer with radiation therapy is determining the best way to deliver it. Ideally, doctors...

BY Nora Khrone

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50 in February 2017, there was no doubt in my mind as to where I’d go for treatment.

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you may have heard of the Whipple procedure. This complex surgery is...

BY Lany Kimmons

Between 5% and 10% of all cancers are hereditary, which means that changes in specific genes are passed from one generation to another. People...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Hand-foot syndrome (also called palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia) is a side effect of some chemotherapy drugs that can cause redness, swelling...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

With three COVID-19 vaccines now authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you might be wondering which vaccine...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines earlier this month for those who’ve gotten vaccinated against...

BY Devon Carter

The immune system defends the body from viruses and bacteria. But it’s not as successful in killing cancer on its own. Immune checkpoint inhibitors...

BY Meagan Raeke

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new guidelines for annual lung cancer screening through low-dose CT scans...

BY Sarah Zizinia

When Becky Post began having digestive issues in 2012, she chalked them up to stress from work and recent international travel. It wasn’t...

BY Cookie Frank

In early 2020, I started experiencing front-facing falls. I didn’t have any other symptoms, though, so I didn’t think much of it. That is,...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

One of the most common side effects of cancer treatment is nausea. It can be caused by chemotherapy, radiation therapy and even anesthesia...

BY Meagan Raeke

As a health care quality professional, Al Thomas always made his annual physical a priority. When he went to see his primary care physician...

BY Shanley Chien

Could getting a COVID-19 vaccine affect the results of your mammogram or other diagnostic imaging exams?

Physicians at MD Anderson...

BY Katrina Burton

Last year, Caroline Hysmith became a stem cell donor for her dad, Timothy. She was only 15 at the time.

As part of his leukemia treatment...

BY Sarah Zizinia

Cancer patients can experience a wide range of side effects. For some, migraine headaches can have a big impact on their quality of life.<...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Living with a tracheostomy and learning proper tracheostomy care can take some adjustment for cancer patients who rely on them during cancer...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Fran Sargent’s doctor in Michigan said he’d need to remove her entire left lung to confirm she had cancer, her response was swift.

BY Amanda Hack

When my son, Sawyer, was just two years old, we started to notice that he had swelling on the left side of his face. I saw what looked like...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

It’s rare for people to completely lose their sense of taste or smell. But noticeable – and usually temporary – changes to these...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Tony Beasley was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in 2016, he could have easily asked “Why me?” Instead, he posed the unlikely...

BY Danielle Underferth

Colorectal cancer shares some symptoms with a less serious, but much more common disease: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). So how do you know...

BY Shanley Chien

Since the discovery of KRAS gene mutations in 1983, researchers have worked to develop new therapies that target this protein when treating...

BY Meagan Raeke

When Tim Hardesty walks the MD Anderson skybridge in short sleeves, he’s frequently stopped by employees and patients alike who notice the...

BY Shanley Chien

Nanomedicine is a quickly emerging area of study that uses nanoparticles for drug delivery, diagnoses and in vivo imaging. While nanomedicine...

BY Heather Alexander

Weight loss usually requires more than willpower. That’s because adjusting what you eat and how much you exercise are big lifestyle changes...

BY Mandi Pike

I always thought of lung cancer as a smoker’s disease, so I was pretty astonished when I received my own diagnosis in December 2019. I’d been...

BY Danielle Underferth

Studies show that 70% of people who smoke want to quit. If you’re in that group, now is the perfect time to quit smoking.

Trying to...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

New strains of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 have already been identified in four different countries, including the United...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Last updated March 11, 2021

You’ve gotten a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s a big, welcome milestone. After months of masking, social distancing...

BY Shalee Landry

The first time I heard the term “total pelvic exenteration” in January 2016, I thought my local doctors were crazy. I’d been in treatment...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

The test results are back. You’ve talked to the doctor and learned you have cancer.

Whether it’s your first cancer diagnosis or your...

BY Meagan Raeke

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging test that’s used to diagnose cancer and monitor tumor growth.

“MRI is an excellent...

BY Christine Pena

In Sept. 2019, I discovered a rock-hard bump on my son Logan’s chest. The next day, an X-ray revealed a soft tissue mass on his chest. A CT...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Jon Humphrey was apprehensive about having his chemotherapy port installed. In June 2020, he was preparing to start chemotherapy for bile...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

The last 10 months have been the most challenging of Patricia Galvin’s 30-plus year nursing career.

On Dec. 15, she became the second...

BY Roxane Vermeland

My road to MD Anderson for breast implant-associated large cell anaplastic lymphoma treatment (BIA-ALCL) had lots of ups and downs. And, honestly...

BY April Clayton

When Robin Hollins was diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer that begins in the lining of the nose and sinuses, she was eager to begin...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

When other cancer patients ask for advice, rectal cancer survivor Robert Cuppett tells them to go to MD Anderson -- and to go there first....

BY Jacqueline Mason

Last updated March 9, 2021

World leaders, celebrities and your neighbors are doubling up on their face masks to strengthen their protection...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

Myths and misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccines may be impacting the decisions you make about whether to get vaccinated – or what to...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

Stomach and esophageal cancers are diagnosed in more than 40,000 people each year in the U.S. Most of these cases aren’t detected until the...

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’...

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...

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 April 8, 2021

If you're currently in cancer treatment or have previously had cancer, you might be wondering if you...

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...

BY Devon Carter

For some patients with non-small lung cancer, chemotherapy isn’t the most effective treatment option. But based on a tumor’s molecular profile...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Warren Bright made sure to get his physical every year. But he put off getting a colonoscopy until he was 63 when his wife scheduled an appointment...

BY Shalee Landry

When I was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in March 2012, I got treated near my home in southern Louisiana. It wasn’t because I didn’...

BY Ronda Wendler

At night before they drift off to sleep, pediatric patients at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital can snuggle up in bed with a laptop...

BY Stephanie Watson

I’m originally from Maine, but I’ve known for a long time that MD Anderson is the gold standard of cancer care. So, when I was diagnosed with...

BY Heather Alexander

The Mediterranean diet can help reduce your risk for many diseases. It helps prevent heart disease and strokes, and has been linked to a lower...

BY Molly Adams

The terms Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma can be easily confused. Although they’re both named after the scientist who discovered them, they...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

After Tony Loth was diagnosed with tonsil cancer, a local specialist told him the best course of action was a radical neck dissection. He...

BY Ronda Wendler

When JuanDiego Mata-Ornelas was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at age 16, he was too young to travel alone from his home in south Texas to...