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BY Cynthia DeMarco

The number of breakthrough COVID-19 infections continues to climb, both in the United States and around the world. Many are now due to the omicron variant, as opposed to the delta variant, which still accounted for more than 90% of all documented COVID-19 infections in the U.S. as recently as mid-December.

So, what does this mean, from a practical standpoint? Is it okay to send your kids back to school after the holiday break?...

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BY Heather Alexander

Maintaining your health requires more than living a healthy lifestyle and keeping up with regular health care like screenings and check-ups...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Updated Dec. 23, 2021

The omicron variant has now overtaken the delta variant in the United States as the predominant strain of...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

The COVID-19 pandemic. The winter freeze. A national blood shortage. The launch of our new Strategy.

These are just a few of the big stories from the past year that impacted our work here at MD Anderson. But cancer didn’t stop – and neither did we. We looked toward the future, found opportunities for hope, and took things one day at a time.

As we close the book on 2021, we reflect on nine extraordinary days from the past...

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BY William Brady

Writing MD Anderson into our wills was an easy decision for my late wife, Jackie, and me. Because even after she received a stage IV lung...

BY Arav Patil

The happiest day of my life was the day my doctor told me I could stop chemotherapy because my leukemia was in remission.

BY Rolando Vedia

When I enrolled at MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2017, I never expected to write most of my master’s thesis...

BY Jesseka Landin

I’ve been working at MD Anderson for 16 years, and our patients’ experience here is very important to me. So, when I was asked to help coordinate...

BY Devina Patel

In my 22 years at MD Anderson, I have seen hurricanes, floods and freezing conditions in Houston, but nothing like the...

BY Judy Garcia

After working so hard to persuade my mom to get a mammogram last fall, it was startling to learn there was actually an area of concern in...

BY Mallory Parrish

I knew I was responding well to my stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma treatment when the grapefruit-sized tumor in my chest began getting noticeably...

BY Tiambe Kuykendall

Even after five years working on our pediatric unit, I’m still in awe that I’m a nurse at MD Anderson. 

We’ve experienced...

BY Danielle Hay

When I woke on the morning of Jan. 28, 2021 — the day we launched our organizational Strategy — it felt surreal. We had spent so much time...

BY Melissa Fuquay Baker

When my husband, Jeff, was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in June 2019, I’d already been donating blood for almost 20 years. I especially...

BY Debbie Wright

June 28 is a day I’ll always remember. That was the day we began welcoming visitors back to our campuses after 15 months. It was a day full...

BY Ferdinandos Skoulidis, M.D., Ph.D.

I vividly recall the moment when a text alert transformed an ordinary Friday into an extraordinary one. 

It happened...

BY Molly Adams

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of year for some, but for others, the stress and emotions during this time can be overwhelming...

BY Andrea Spica

During a routine checkup about 20 years ago, my primary care doctor noticed that my blood platelet count was going up. After meeting with...

BY Stefani Gautreaux

The box containing the first 4,875 COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive at MD Anderson was much larger than I’d expected. It only had five small...

BY Lauren Rose

Meningiomas are a primary central nervous system tumor that make up 38% of all primary intracranial tumors. They are typically benign...

BY Lauren Rose

Meet Patrick “Miracle” Mead Jr. His wife gave him the nickname “Miracle” after he made a full recovery from a brain tumor that once left the...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

The omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 was first identified in South Africa in late November and has since become...

BY Molly Adams

For many of us, coffee is part of our daily routine. But depending on what you add to your morning brew, you could be consuming a lot of empty...

BY Uzondu Osuagwu, M.D.

I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a physician. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 6, and my doctor back then just had the greatest...

BY Heather Alexander

In many cases, women spot signs of breast cancer outside of regular breast cancer screenings. In fact, paying attention to changes in your...

BY Devon Carter

The FLT3 gene helps stem cells mature to red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a process known as differentiation. The gene...

BY Lisa Garcia

When leiomyosarcoma survivor Gail Walsh told her orthopedic oncologist Patrick Lin, M.D., that she planned to hike the Appalachian Trail,...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Radioactive iodine therapy has been used in the treatment of thyroid cancer since the early 1940s. But how does it work? Which patients need...

BY Gina Van Thomme

When Daniel ‘Joe’ Einspahr, M.D., and his son bike into Virginia Beach next summer, they will have more than one reason to celebrate. Not...