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BY Meagan Raeke

Joey Nelson has always loved the sun. “I sailed growing up,” he says. “Every Saturday we’d go and I’d get sunburned like crazy, not even thinking about putting on sunscreen.”

With fair skin, red hair and moles, Joey was already at increased risk for skin cancer, so he wasn’t exactly surprised by his melanoma diagnosis. The skin cancer first showed up on his leg in 1986.

After having the melanoma removed with a skin graft...

Melanoma survivor Joey Nelson

BY Meagan Raeke

Kylie Temple knew from a young age that she loved kids. As a NICU nurse in Mississippi, Kylie spends her days around infants, and in 2015,...

BY Meagan Raeke

How often does a brain tumor save your life? In Kellilyn Monar’s case, it may have done just that. She’d planned to be at the Route 91 Music...

BY Meagan Raeke

A new study has revived hope for the role of immunotherapy in treating glioblastoma, the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer in adults. The study used a type of immunotherapy known as checkpoint inhibitors, which train the immune system’s T cells to fight cancer. Although checkpoint inhibitors have greatly increased overall survival for some types of cancer, such as melanoma, early clinical trials failed – until now – to show...

Glioblastoma expert John de Groot, M.D., discusses a patient's case.

BY Meagan Raeke

Abbey Kaler’s earliest memories of MD Anderson aren’t exactly fond ones. It’s the place she returned to dozens of times for follow-up care...

BY Meagan Raeke

When Robert Alvarez was diagnosed with a low-grade insular brain tumor in 2013, he decided to hope for the best and postpone treatment.

BY Meagan Raeke

Imagine being able to talk to your doctors during brain tumor surgery without pain and give them immediate feedback while they operate...

BY Meagan Raeke

When the headache started, Tabatha Conway recognized it immediately. Although it had been 20 years since she first felt that headache, she...

BY Meagan Raeke

When you have a rare cancer that only affects one in a million people, it can be difficult to find the answers and information you need. That...

BY Meagan Raeke

On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, Kimberley Berry arrived at MD Anderson in her cowboy boots and Team Berry T-shirt, along with a dozen of her family...