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BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you’ve just received a breast cancer diagnosis, you probably have a lot of questions: What type of breast cancer do I have? How advanced is it? Do I qualify for any clinical trials? Can my doctor provide the treatment I need?

Before you start making treatment plans and scheduling appointments, here are five things to know.

Get an accurate diagnosis before starting treatment

Not all breast cancers are the same,...

Hand holding pink ribbon symbolizing breast cancer

BY Susan Calloway, Ph.D.

I’d hoped that being a non-smoker who breastfed four children and never used hormone replacement therapy might protect me from developing...

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 Cynthia DeMarco

Lori Shults didn’t know much about clinical trials when she first came to MD Anderson in May 2017. “I thought they involved some people getting medicine and others just getting sugar pills,” she recalls. “That sounded too risky for me, so I wasn’t interested.”

Fortunately, the Hill Country school teacher soon learned that her understanding of clinical trials was both limited and inaccurate. She also learned that an innovative clinical...

Triple-negative breast cancer survivor Lori Shults

BY Ilyasha Hosea

After being diagnosed with stage III triple-negative breast cancer in the summer of 2017, I was treated at MD Anderson with a combination...

BY Ilyasha Hosea

I never expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer at age 24. So, when I found a mass in my left breast in the summer of 2017, I wasn’t really...

BY Kelly Agent

Some people think you can only get breast cancer from your mother’s side of the family. But that’s a myth. Breast cancer can come just as...

BY Josh Taylor

Seeing all the color leave my wife’s face when she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2011 is a hard memory to think about...

BY Barbara Lewis

Until I was diagnosed with stage I triple-negative breast cancer in December 2016, I didn’t know much about immunotherapy. But as an executive...

BY Uniqua Smith, Ph.D.

Over the last two decades, I’ve learned a lot about MD Anderson as a caregiver, an employee, and most recently, a triple-negative breast cancer...