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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 crisis.”

I was only 21 years old at the time, but seven months earlier, a series of unfortunate knee injuries had forced me to walk away from what I believed would be a truly promising college football career with Texas Tech University. With that came the loss of a long-sought professional career...

Aplastic anemia survivor and stem cell transplant recipient Desmond Martin

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, so her doctor ordered a chest X-ray and a CT scan.

The results showed a mass on Kirsti’s thymus gland. The 29-year-old was shocked. Her mother had been diagnosed with thymoma when she was 46. 

Kirsti had a biopsy of the mass done near her home in Illinois. While her local...

Thymoma survivor Kirsti Hoopingarner sits in front of a lake beside her husband and two daughters.

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...