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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Ever logged into MyChart to check on some lab test results, then just stared blankly at the screen once you saw them? You’re not alone. 

Unless you work in the medical field, figuring out what all of those values mean and how to interpret them can sometimes be a challenge.

We sought insight from Adriana Maria Knopfelmacher-Couchonal, M.D., a specialist in Laboratory Medicine. Here’s what she had to say.

How are...

Man in green sweater and blue pants discussing online medical chart with two doctors

BY Julian Cavazos

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your lower neck. It produces hormones that help regulate your metabolism, temperature and energy...

BY Steven Champagne

When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in October 2009, I knew exactly where I wanted to go for my cancer treatment.

Because with...

BY Devon Carter

Polyps are clusters of cells that can develop in the entire gastrointestinal tract, but they’re more likely seen in the small intestine, colon and/or rectum. As they grow, they can transform into cancer.

“Not every polyp turns into cancer. But since they have the potential to, we remove them,” says Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, M.D., Ph.D., who specializes in hereditary cancer syndromes and colorectal cancer.

Familial adenomatous...

Illustration of a colon covered with hundreds of polyps

BY Rebecca Howell, Ph.D.

I’ve never been diagnosed with cancer, but I still get screened at MD Anderson for both breast cancer and skin cancer every year. And I tell...

BY Meagan Raeke

Last updated March 18, 2022. 

When Bob Seibert reflects on the nearly one and half years since his stage IV melanoma diagnosis...

BY Lauren Rose

Glioma and glioblastoma might sound similar, but there are differences between these two types of brain tumor diagnoses.

Here, neuro-oncologist...

BY Devon Carter

A cancer diagnosis can stir up fear – fear of the loss of life, as well as fear of changes to quality of life.

But it can also cause...

BY Molly Adams

Last updated Sept. 21, 2022

A cancer diagnosis brings many challenges. But from physical and emotional changes, to scheduling ...

BY Adrienne Lynch

Michelle Hildebrandt, Ph.D., left the Midwest 14 years ago for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at MD Anderson that focused on cancer prevention...

BY Heather Alexander

Your body works hard to keep the sugar in your blood at a safe level. As soon as you eat that cookie or bowl of pasta, your pancreas starts...

BY Karen Vollmering

The summer after six-year-old Christian completed kindergarten, he started complaining that his ear hurt. His mom, Marisa Garcia, thought...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Many cancers have been linked to genetic mutations, whether they’re inherited or occur spontaneously.

Certain BRCA mutations, for instance...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Many people already know that activities like yoga, exercise, meditation and talk therapy can help reduce anxiety. But what do you do when...

BY Lindsey Garner

Michelene Holmes was diagnosed with stage IIIA triple-negative breast cancer in January 2014 at 45 years old after she noticed a tightening...

BY Lisa Garcia

When retired Florida physician Bob Wagar, M.D., was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and sarcoma, he knew he would've felt comfortable...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you’re confused about how your COVID-19 status might affect your eligibility to donate blood or platelets, you’re not alone. ...

BY Sarah Pattison

I was 41 when I found out I had breast cancer. 

One day, I was carting around two teenagers and a preschooler, running our small...

BY Alexandre Reuben, Ph.D.

I'm an immunologist and a T cell biologist. My work pushes our understanding of how the immune system recognizes and destroys tumors....

BY Ronda Wendler

If you’re reading this blog post, you’re among the three-quarters of all Americans who search for health information online.

The good...