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BY Karen Mae Perdon

As an MD Anderson research nurse whose mother and sister have both received cancer treatment, I understand what my patients – and especially their families – are going through. But my connection to cancer became even more personal when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2014. My mother had completed her breast cancer treatment here a year earlier, and she and my sister had always had good results. I thought we were in the clear.

BY Karen Mae Perdon

My mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, just four years after she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

This year her breast...