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BY Viviana Villalpando

Cancer doesn’t run in my family or my husband’s. Only one of my ancestors had it: my paternal grandmother died of lung cancer when I was 11. But she was 64 and a long-time smoker, so her diagnosis didn’t really come as a surprise.

What did come as a surprise was my own metastatic melanoma diagnosis in August 2013 — and my daughter’s metastatic osteosarcoma diagnosis just one year later. I was 42 when I learned that I had cancer...

Viviana Villalpando with her daughter Eva Suarez

BY Brenna Huckaby

After losing most of my right leg at age 14 in November 2010 due to osteosarcoma, it was really hard for me to give up gymnastics. It had...

BY Jennifer Robinson

As the parent of a cancer patient, when you first step through the doors of MD Anderson, you’re terrified. You’re not supposed to be here....

BY Jennifer Robinson

In September 2014, when she was just eight years old, our daughter Elise was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. It was in her right leg. Part of her treatment involved a surgery called a “rotationplasty,” which my husband and I had never even heard of prior to coming to MD Anderson.

Here are five lessons we’ve learned since then — about rotationplasties, sarcoma and life in general.

Realize kids see things...

Cancerwise blog post: Elise and Jennifer Robinson, bone cancer, bone cancer treatment, children’s cancer center

BY Maggie Howard

I never realized how many children got cancer until I came to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. But the story of how I got there is...

BY Mecklin Ragan

I tried to write about my brother James Ragan’s path through the world of cancer and the things we learned from it, but thinking of certain...

BY MD Anderson

When 12-year-old Caroline Richards first mentioned a pain in her right arm last December, her mother, Lauren, chalked it up to a minor injury...

BY Kellie Bramlet

Anthony Quinn hardly remembers his osteosarcoma treatment, but he sees a reminder of his journey each day. At just 4 years old, Anthony lost...

BY MD Anderson

Rhonda Armstrong Trevino, program coordinator in the Division of Pediatrics, wears two hats. She's a mom and an MD Anderson employee on the...

BY Sara Farris

A news story recently in the New York Times has unveiled a growing concern among pediatric oncologists and health care institutions at large...