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BY Jeannie Hopper

I am a strong, athletic, never-been-sick type of person. I am also very career-driven. So when I was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, a type of oral cancer, in 2016, I thought it’d be no problem. I’d undergo treatment and keep working while I was doing it.

Boy, was I wrong. That might be true for some people, but it sure wasn’t for me. I was hospitalized for a week after my very first chemotherapy...

Oral cancer survivor Jeannie Hopper

BY Jeannie Hopper

When I was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, a type of oral cancer, my husband and I tried to be as open and...

BY Jeannie Hopper

I’ve had four of my back teeth removed, the floor of my mouth rebuilt and more than half of my tongue replaced with an arm muscle. But other...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

When Patricia Lines came to MD Anderson for her first appointment in 2012, she was impressed by the way all the different parts of her care team worked together to create her treatment plan. From her oncologist to her surgeon to the oral oncology and maxillofacial prosthetics team, each one of them was familiar with her case and had discussed the best treatment for her squamous cell carcinoma of the premaxilla, a type of oral cancer....

Oral cancer survivor Patricia Lines

BY Mark Rolfing

It’s difficult to say that someone is “the best” at something, especially when it comes to sports. How do you determine the No. 1 golfer?...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Cancer wasn’t Adel Tawfik’s first medical crisis.

In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Adel had two open-heart surgeries. In 2015, he had a near-fatal...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As a registered nurse, Asha Bhandari was familiar with cancer – even less common cancer types, like oral cancer. But she never believed...

BY Laura Compston

I resisted getting a feeding tube for as long as I could. I knew I’d have to use one eventually, but I didn’t feel ready for a long time....

BY Laura Compston

I’ve been struggling to make myself understood ever since I was a senior in high school. In April 1985, I was diagnosed with stage III nasopharyngeal...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Many cancer patients have mantras — or inspiring sayings — that they do their best to live by. Some are reminders that good things can come...