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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Getting a breast biopsy? You might be wondering what it is and how it works.

A breast biopsy is a diagnostic procedure in which a doctor removes a small amount of breast tissue to examine under a microscope. If the tissue sample shows cancer, the physician can have it analyzed further to provide the most accurate diagnosis — a critical first step in getting patients the best treatment possible for their particular type of breast...

biopsy box checked on medical form

BY Jessica Garcia

In the last five years, I’ve competed in 10 professional outrigger canoeing competitions across North and South America. I’ve also had stereotactic...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

A little over a year ago, Robbie Johnson was desperately searching for the right metastatic breast cancer treatment.

"I’d been...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

It had been two years since Billa Woollam’s last mammogram, and she knew she was long overdue for one. But it was a strange sensation in her breast that sent her rushing into a clinic for a breast exam in November 2015. The following morning, she was asked to return for a biopsy.

“My doctor’s office called and said I needed to be there within 30 minutes,” Billa recalls. “I knew they weren’t going to do that if there was nothing...

Breast cancer survivor Billa Woollam rings the bell to mark the end of treatment at MD Anderson in Katy

BY Devon Carter

Because its symptoms are often vague, ovarian cancer can be hard to diagnose. And a definitive diagnosis requires a biopsy, which is best...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

In the early 2000s, Virginia Plett watched her mother and aunt successfully undergo breast cancer treatment at MD Anderson. So when the Kansas...

BY Laura Laster

When he was 15, my husband Jesse underwent a colectomy, a procedure that removed his colon. Jesse opted to do this after learning that he...

BY Mason Ermis

My name is Mason Ermis. When I was 9 years old, I began a journey that tested my courage and strength in ways I never thought possible. We...

BY Lori Baker

Some of cancer’s secrets are hiding in patients’ blood. Uncovering them involves only a simple blood draw.

MD Anderson is taking innovative...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Rebecca Stedman believes that every experience had in life serves a purpose, and cancer is no exception.

“Just as I felt like I was...