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BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

When I first lost my hair due to breast cancer treatment, I often heard people say, “Don’t worry. It’s only hair.” The implication was that it would grow back — eventually. But after a while, I began to notice that it was always the people with a full head of hair who said it. And I am one of the very small percentage of women whose hair didn’t grow back after chemotherapy. So, I am still bald to this day.

It doesn’t feel like...

Breast cancer survivor Constance Porter, Ph.D.

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Starting chemotherapy for the first time? If you are new to this common cancer treatment, you're probably wondering how chemotherapy works...

BY Aaliyah Parker

In November 2016, when I was 9 years old, I was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. My parents took me to MD Anderson, where I had chemotherapy...

BY Cheryl Ratliff

When I received a phone call about an abnormality discovered during my mammogram in December 2016, I didn’t think much of it. I was prone to getting fluid-filled cysts in both my breasts, and I’d always gone in and had the cysts drained. But this mammogram was different: it showed a solid tumor in my right breast.

I went in for a biopsy, and the results left me in shock. I really didn’t know how to accept my HER2-negative breast...

Breast cancer survivor Cheryl Ratliff rings the bell to mark the end of her treatment

BY Gillian Kruse

Angelina was Shamsha Damani’s best friend for three years. A constant in the MD Anderson program director’s daily life, well-known to her...

BY Racheal Martin

Before I started breast cancer treatment at age 35, I had all sorts of ideas about how difficult my life was about to get. In a way, I was...

BY Jane Mooney

Sometimes knowledge is not all it’s cracked up to be. So, when I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in July 2016, I told Dr. Robert...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Two-time widower Paul Nielsen was in excellent health at age 67. So the former marathon runner knew something was wrong when he started feeling...

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 Mena El-Sharkawi

Dana MacFarlane is still in awe of her sudden onset of acute myeloid leukemia in July 2017.

“I take blood tests on a routine basis...