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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 a hospital closer to her Florida home, her co-workers suggested she come to MD Anderson for surgery for her HER2-positive breast cancer.

“At first, I didn’t think I needed to come here, but my friends told me to because MD Anderson is the best in the world,” Jennifer says. “Now I fly in for...

HER2-positive breast cancer survivor Jennifer Smith

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 Uniqua Smith, Ph.D.

As a former nurse in MD Anderson’s Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), I felt pretty familiar with breast cancer surgery. So, I thought I knew...

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 Harvest Festival in her hometown of Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. But a brain tumor diagnosis interrupted those plans.

“I go every year, but because my surgery was scheduled that week, I called to get a refund on my tickets,” she says. When the concert became the site of the deadliest mass shooting...

Brain tumor survivor Kellilyn Monar with her neurosurgeon, Sujit Prabhu, M.D.

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 Jacqueline Mason

Our Pedro Ramirez, M.D., caused a stir at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s annual meeting in March when he reported unexpected findings...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As an 18-year-old, Lauren Rodriguez never suspected her lingering cough would turn out to be a lung cancer symptom.

“I was in shock...

BY Makesha Miggins, M.D.

When I was growing up, it always amazed me how my pediatrician could ask just five or six questions, and then magically know exactly what...

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

As a high school soccer player, Alex Frankenfeld often heard his coach say, “Busca la forma,” which is Spanish for “Find a way.” Three years...