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BY Lisa Torres

When I had an earache for a couple of weeks in August 2007 and couldn’t sleep on my right side for very long, I went to my primary care doctor. She told me I had an ear infection. I was given antibiotics and sent home. After a few weeks, I noticed a knot in my cheek, and it got even harder to sleep.

I thought something else was wrong.

My salivary cancer diagnosis

I was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a type...

Salivary gland cancer survivor Lisa Torres posing for a photo while volunteering at MD Anderson

BY Mila Clarke Buckley

Keith Taggart noticed a lump the size of a pea in his left cheek in October 2014. He was also experiencing fatigue, weight loss, nausea and...

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 Cynthia DeMarco

How do you explain cancer — or the effects of cancer treatment — to a young child? How do manage everyday life when one of your own children has cancer? How do you make the most of your support system when facing a cancer diagnosis yourself — even if you’re hundreds of miles away from home? These are just a few of the topics our patients and caregivers explored on our Cancerwise blog this year.

Here’s some of the best advice they...

Breast cancer survivor Ashley Rivera with her son, Brayden

BY Layne Compston

I learned early on that my mom is more fragile than most people.

Radiation treatments she received as a teenager for stage III nasopharyngeal...

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 Laura Compston

After being treated for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (a rare type of throat cancer) in 1985 and salivary gland cancer in 2016, speaking has become...

BY MD Anderson

Acinic cell carcinoma (ACC) of the parotid is a rare tumor and therefore information compared to other tumor types is relatively limited.&...

BY Erica Quiroz

Although Jamie Gilmore's cancer has relapsed three times, she's hoping the fourth time will be the charm to finally beat it.

Gilmore...