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BY Deanna Wehrung

On April 3, 2007, I had a surgical procedure at MD Anderson called a total pelvic exenteration. During the procedure, Dr. Michael Bevers removed my vagina, bladder, anus and rectum. Then, he made an artificial vagina using two of my abdominal muscles, and an artificial bladder (known as an “Indiana pouch”) out of part of my ascending colon and small intestine. He also created a stoma (or surgical opening in the abdomen) for use with a...

Cervical cancer and total pelvic exenteration survivor Deanna Wehrung

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 Pamela Soliman, M.D.

As a gynecologic oncologist, I see women with every type of cancer related to the female reproductive system, except breast cancer. I treat women with ovarian, uterine, cervical, and vulvar cancers. And I routinely perform surgery, prescribe chemotherapy and suggest clinical trials.

I decided to specialize in gynecologic oncology after figuring out what was really important to me in medical school. I realized one day that I didn...

Pamela Soliman, M.D.

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Abdominal radical hysterectomies (also called “open” hysterectomies) typically are thought of as more difficult for patients to recover from...

BY Sylvia Zaro

Any time you’re told you have cancer, it’s not good news. Even if you catch it early and it’s only in the beginning stages, all you hear is...

BY Debora Batchelor

I don’t like change. But sometimes you have to be willing to make one in order to survive.

That’s what I did. I’m a small town girl...

BY Jill Carter

As a registered nurse and a cancer survivor, I have a somewhat unique perspective: I can see things from the point of view of both the patient...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

Cancer often brings a lot of questions and unknowns, especially when it comes to treatment options, side effects and what to expect — and...

BY Jill Carter

As a nurse, I’m a firm believer in vaccines. And that’s even truer now that I’m a survivor of cervical cancer, which is caused by the human...