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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Iron-deficiency anemia is one of the most common reasons people are rejected as potential blood donors.

But what causes this condition, and how can it be prevented or reversed? To learn more, we spoke with Fernando Martinez, M.D., a pathologist who serves as medical director of MD Anderson’s Transfusion Services and Donor Operations.

What is iron-deficiency anemia?

Iron-deficiency anemia is a condition that develops...

graphic of red blood cells in bloodstream

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Senior clinical dietitian Christie Siebel can empathize with her patients. With their pain following surgery. With their nausea after chemotherapy...

BY Molly Adams

Depending on your lifestyle and how you spend your downtime, you may find yourself sitting or lying down more than you’re moving throughout...

BY Gerry McKim

As a retired Navy hurricane research pilot, I don’t leave anything up to chance. When I was with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps, I flew a P-3 into the eye of Hurricane Hugo. We were hit by a tornado, lost an engine and were trapped for two-and-a-half hours. So, in January 2011, when I discovered a lump on my jaw that didn’t feel right, I made an appointment with my ENT.

The ENT recommended I see a...

Gerry McKim pointing to the sky and standing outside a scenic mountain top.

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

More than half of cancer patients undergo surgery as a part of their cancer treatment. Just about every patient who has surgery will have...

BY Lauren Rose

Elizabeth Somers wants everyone to know about meningiomas. This tumor of the central nervous system begins in the coverings that surround...

BY Molly Adams

Breast calcifications are calcium deposits found through screening mammograms. When calcium builds up in soft tissue, it can appear like small...

BY Lorna McNeill, Ph.D.

As Jamaican immigrants, my parents stressed the importance of education. They felt that was the best way to succeed in America – and so I...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Adenocarcinomas can develop in many different parts of the body, including the lungs, prostate, colon, rectum, small bowel, pancreas, stomach...

BY Lorena Junco

I had just given birth to my third child when I started showing symptoms of an adrenal gland tumor. I wasn’t actively ill. But I felt weak...

BY Heather Alexander

If you’re trying to eat healthy, you probably don’t go a day without thinking about sugar. Avoiding sugar is hard because it’s in most foods...

BY Meagan Raeke

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Yet, there are still...

BY Devon Carter

Our bodies naturally heal after our skin gets cut, and they can defend against the common cold. So, why not cancer?

The relationship...

BY Dana Carrera

I have been on five different clinical trials at MD Anderson since I was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare cancer that develops...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you’re a cancer patient who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before having a stem cell transplant or receiving a CAR T cell infusion...

BY Karen Vollmering

Many cancer patients lose weight unexpectedly during radiation therapy because they struggle with side effects caused from treatment. Maintaining...

BY Jane Root

Cancer has disrupted my life three times over the past 16 years.

The first time was in 2005, when my late husband, Eli, was diagnosed...

BY Naresh Aggarwal, M.D.

When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was determined to find the best care and treatment. As an orthopedic surgeon, I have traveled...

BY Peter WT Pisters, M.D.

Last week, I had the opportunity to donate blood at MD Anderson’s Blood Bank. Blood donation continues to be so important for MD Anderson’...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Last updated Jan. 12, 2022

Booster shots have now been approved for all three of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. And the...

BY MaKieba Hatton

I’ve never been happier to live in Houston than I was during the spring of 2018. That’s when a routine mammogram revealed I had ductal carcinoma...