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BY Lisly Chery, M.D.

People never want to be just a number, a chart or a diagnosis. They want their doctors to know them — to see them as real people and not just as patients.

That’s why the first thing I do when I meet a new patient is listen. I want to hear people’s stories, so I can find out what they’ve been through that has gotten them to this point.

Whether it’s an abnormal lab result, a suspicion of cancer, or a late-stage diagnosis that...

Lisly Chery, M.D.

BY Jim Allison, Ph.D.

For a long time, immunotherapy was considered nonsense by many people in mainstream cancer medicine. It had been tried for years, starting...

BY David Wight

Looking back, I wish I’d asked more questions when I was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in July 2010.

I have plasmacytoid urothelial...

BY Keith Fox

After I was diagnosed with stage IV bladder cancer in September 2014, I experienced many of the stages of grief.

My doctor initially thought I was suffering from prostatitis. But the biopsy results from a tissue sample taken from my groin area came back positive for bladder cancer. To say I was in shock is an understatement. I was in disbelief. I never really drank or smoked, so I couldn’t really understand why this was happening...

Bladder cancer survivor Keith Fox poses with wife and daughter

BY Karen Duddlesten

Caring for my husband, Wayne, during his cancer journey enriched my life because we were able to spend so much time together. 

BY Julie Penne

When Maja Latham’s father was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer, she got aggressive, too.

As the “researcher” in...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

You’ve probably heard of immunotherapy. But what exactly is it? And who should consider immunotherapy?

At its most basic, immunotherapy...

BY Doug Jones

I have always heard people say, “Now is not a good time to quit!” There is always a time when you are less stressed, less busy or maybe more...

BY Clayton Boldt

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that e-cigarette use has grown rapidly among teens in the past few years...

BY MD Anderson

Last May, doctors in Iowa City, Iowa, gave Gerry Vilmont just five months to live. He’d just received his bladder cancer diagnosis a few days...