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BY Julian Cavazos

Six years ago, Suzanne Singletary traveled to central Florida to spend Christmas with her family.

She had a small cough, so she stopped at a local pharmacy to get some medication. 

“When I pulled into the parking lot, I coughed up a thin piece of blood the size of a strand of hair,” says Suzanne, 70, of Shell Point Beach, Florida. “It shook me up, though I didn’t tell my family. I didn’t want to spoil their Christmas...

Suzanne Singletary (left) and her sister, Nancy Rathbun, sitting side by side on a couch.

BY Elise Raymund

Twenty-three years ago, Brenda Petru made a promise to her best friend, Sue, that she would continue fundraising for cancer research — no...

BY Heather Alexander

Choosing skin care products can be overwhelming. There are so many ingredients and so many claims of benefits.

But there is one ingredient...

BY Molly Adams

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and swelling in the joints. It’s caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints which are the parts of the body that connect two or more bones. If left untreated, it can cause stiff, swollen, painful joints and lead to difficulty moving.  

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis may focus on controlling symptoms, but patients who also have...

Illustration of several doctors examining bones

BY Kathy McKay

I’m a nurse, so when I started experiencing pain and swelling in my lower abdomen, I suspected inflammatory bowel disease, or even worse,...

BY Donna Griffard

In March 2015, I was diagnosed with cancer of the unknown primary (CUP). That means the original cancer site could not be identified....

BY Jacqueline Mason

You’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19, but is it time for your next booster? Which type of booster should you get, and is there an age limit...

BY Lisa Morris

Before I went to MD Anderson, I didn’t even know I had pancreatic cancer. All I knew was that I had a huge pancreatic cyst. And I only found...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Most melanomas tend to appear as irregular black or dark brown splotches on the skin. But amelanotic melanoma is an outlier: it doesn’t share...

BY Julie Nagy

There are over 6 billion letters, or nucleotides, of DNA in the genome. These contain all the information needed to create an individual organism...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Many women will experience a breast cyst at some point in their lives. Though they tend to be more common among women between the ages of...

BY Feyama Ashby

Over the last few years, I’ve learned a lot about what makes MD Anderson No. 1 in the nation for cancer care. As a quality and compliance...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

The start of a new flu season often brings questions, such as: “When should I get my shot?” And, “Is it OK to get my flu shot and another...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Many skin cancers — including cutaneous melanoma — are associated with UV exposure. Yet acral lentiginous melanoma develops only on areas...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Most people experience a canker sore at some point in their lives. These small, often painful lesions can appear on any moist, fleshy surface...

BY Sarah Zizinia

Christine Routledge was three months pregnant with her second child when routine bloodwork revealed something in her blood levels was off....

BY Molly Adams

The pancreas is part of the digestive system which helps your body regulate blood sugar and digest food. Sometimes cysts can develop inside...

BY Molly Adams

As part of a complete breast cancer diagnosis, patients will learn their HER2 status. The human growth receptor 2 – or HER2 – is something...

BY Ronda Wendler

Gardner syndrome is a rare, inherited condition where people develop hundreds and sometimes thousands of abnormal growths in their large and...

BY Devon Carter

When cancer cells enter the leptomeninges, which are part of the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord, it can turn into a type of...

BY Heather Alexander

Kombucha is a fermented drink made from tea, yeast, bacteria and sugar. It has grown in popularity, and some believe it has many health benefits...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

You may have heard that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization to a new pair of COVID-19 booster shots...

BY Molly Adams

As an associate professor in Genomic Medicine, Linghua Wang, M.D., Ph.D., studies how normal cells become cancerous and how cancer cells develop...