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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Lymphedema is a common cancer treatment side effect that can cause swelling in a patient’s arm or leg. It may lead to discomfort, pain and infection. It may make it difficult for patients to find clothes that fit. Lymphedema can also lead to skin infections.

Fortunately, lymphedema can be treated through massage, exercise, bandaging and, in some cases, surgery. We spoke with plastic surgeons Mark Schaverien, M.D., and Ed Chang,...

Arm being examined for lymphedema, a common cancer treatment side effect

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Kay Atten’s dreams revolved around her four children. In 2005, her two sons and two daughters were on the edge of adulthood, and she wanted...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Liposcarcoma survivor Tom Gattle has never let his amputated shoulder stop him from doing the things he loves. He goes fly fishing with a...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

When Adam Schoen first noticed he was losing his sense of taste, his wife, Claire, wasn’t too worried. She also wasn’t fazed shortly after when he started noticing his balance was off. She didn’t flinch when the ear, nose and throat specialist couldn’t find any fluid in Adam’s ear, or even when the neurologist ordered an MRI.

But in July 2018, when the MRI came back, everything changed. It showed a mass near the stem of Adam’s...

Brain cancer survivor Adam Schoen, with his wife, Claire, and son, Theo

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

When Patricia Lines came to MD Anderson for her first appointment in 2012, she was impressed by the way all the different parts of her care...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

At 26, small cell ovarian cancer was the last thing on Tabby Soignier’s mind. She wasn’t familiar with ovarian cancer symptoms, but she knew...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

We often hear about lymph nodes when we talk about how cancer spreads. That’s because when cancer starts to spread, it often goes to the lymph...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

When the small spot first appeared on her nipple, Karrie Morgan didn’t think much of it. She was shocked nearly a year later when she learned...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Abdominal radical hysterectomies (also called “open” hysterectomies) typically are thought of as more difficult for patients to recover from...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

For cancer patients who require surgery as part of their treatment, our doctors sometimes rely on robotic surgery to help remove hard to reach...