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BY KirstiAnn Clifford

It takes more than Band-Aids with cartoon characters to put children receiving cancer treatment at ease, but Leo Flores knows how.

A post-anesthesia care unit nurse at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, he makes a point of getting to know his pediatric patients, who may undergo a series of 30 treatments in six weeks.  It doesn’t take too many visits for the self-taught artist to figure out what to paint for them over the course...

MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center nurse Leo Flores

BY Craig Carson

Jennifer Smith didn’t come to MD Anderson first for her breast cancer treatment, but she wishes she had. After she’d undergone treatment at...

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...

BY Shannon LaDuke

Ever since Kathy Brown was diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer in 2018, her husband Andy has been at her side. He drives her to appointments, helps with housework, cares for their 14-year-old son and helps keep Kathy’s spirits lifted.

“He’s been phenomenal,” Kathy says. “You never know how strong your marriage is until one of you has cancer. He has taken on everything and has never complained.” 

Kathy often refers...

Primary peritoneal cancer survivor Kathy Brown with her husband Andy Brown

BY Scott Appleby

I probably wouldn’t be here today if I’d accepted the standard treatment for my stage IV anaplastic thyroid cancer and stayed in San Diego...

BY Britta Fortson

When I began running at age 17, I ran about three times a week because it made me feel good and helped me maintain a healthy weight. It soon...

BY Becky Black

I found out I had cancer by chance. I’d had menstrual issues since my first period, and my cycle was never normal. When I was 14, a doctor...

BY Jodi Harris

MD Anderson’s Dr. Patrick Hwu often tells me that if he could write a cancer success story, he would want it to read just like mine. Why?...

BY Gillian Kruse

You already knew exercise can help prevent cancer. But what if it could help you fight your cancer?

Researchers are looking into how...

BY Devon Carter

Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to infection or injury. But because of misinformation circulating in the media, there’s confusion...