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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, take note.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new recommendation for you — and it means starting all over again when it comes to COVID-19 vaccination.

New guidance adopted to protect stem cell transplant and CAR T cell therapy patients

The CDC’...

Close-up photo of two clear glass vials of COVID-19 vaccine, laying on their sides

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 Lavernita Martin

The hardest part of my son Desmond’s aplastic anemia diagnosis was knowing that my child was seriously ill and there was nothing I could do...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Between 20% and 70% of patients who receive an allogeneic stem cell transplant as a part of their cancer treatment will develop at least a mild case of a condition called graft vs. host disease, or GVHD.

But what is graft vs. host disease, exactly, and why does it happen? How can it be prevented and treated?

We spoke with stem cell transplant specialist Amin Alousi, M.D., director of MD Anderson’s GVHD program. Here’s what...

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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...

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 Cynthia DeMarco

When a small, painless lump began developing on Melissa Evans’ left arm near her elbow in late 2014, she didn’t give it much thought. The...

BY Julie Hildebrand, M.D.

As a physician, I never expected to be diagnosed with cancer myself — much less four times before age 50. But by the time I got to MD Anderson...

BY Ashley Snider

I am a bit of a hypochondriac, so I’ve diagnosed myself with cancer on more than one occasion. But I never believed it would actually happen...

BY Emma Letterman

Not long after my acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis in May 2019, my local oncologist said I’d probably need a stem cell transplant. At the...