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BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you — or your child — were diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? How would you handle the treatments and the side effects? How would you keep your spirits up? These are just a few of the topics our patients and caregivers discussed on our Cancerwise blog this year.

Here's some of the best advice they shared in 2017:

On making treatment decisions

When 8-year-old Elise Robinson was diagnosed with osteosarcoma...

Cancerwise blog post: Advice from cancer patients and caregivers on diagnosis, treatment, side effects and managing life with and after cancer

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Singer Kimmie Rhodes had been married to legendary music producer Joe Gracey for 28 years when he died of metastatic esophageal cancer in...

BY Elizabeth York

Tim Orellano knew something was wrong when minimal physical activity made him short of breath. “Other than acid reflux, I considered myself...

BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

The single greatest step you can take to protecting your health is to quit using tobacco. Tobacco is responsible for one-third of all cancers, including approximately 90% of all lung cancers. Tobacco alone is estimated to claim nearly half a million lives in the US each year.

But it can be difficult to quit smoking. It requires dedication, support and planning. In fact, many patients find it helpful to speak with a doctor or tobacco...

Cancerwise blog post: Want to quit smoking? Read our experts' advice on questions to ask your doctor

BY Loretta Preston

I started smoking when I was 13 or 14 years old, and after 40 years I never thought I would be someone who quit. Even after the first time...

BY Kellie Bramlet

Esophageal cancer is most common in middle-aged men who are overweight and have a history of acid reflux or heartburn. But our esophageal...

BY Mary Ginley

Last fall, I had trouble swallowing. I assumed it was acid reflux and went to the doctor for some swallow tests. My doctor also suspected...

BY Mary Ginley

About a year ago, I was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer. My husband and I left our home in Florida and headed to MD Anderson...

BY Kellie Bramlet

When Gus Kunze was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011, his daughter Joyce Matula laid out all the facts for her 90-year-old dad. She...

BY Mary Ginley

What is it about hair?  Why would I dread getting my head shaved more than having chemo?

My husband Jerry and I were at MD Anderson...