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BY Suzanne Mesa

My life changed forever on the morning of Nov. 6, 2016. I’d felt some pain in my lower back, and decided to go to the emergency room at the hospital where I work as a nurse manager. I thought I would get some fluids for hydration and be sent back home to my husband and two babies. But God had different plans for me. 

Instead of fluids, I had CT and MRI scans of my spine. When the ER physician said, “Ms. Mesa, you have a lesion...

Chordoma survivor Suzanne Mesa

BY Meagan Raeke

When you have a rare cancer that only affects one in a million people, it can be difficult to find the answers and information you need. That...

BY Efren Saldivar

When I was undergoing radiation therapy for my spinal tumor, I took my 12-year-old brother to the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center. He wanted...

BY Devon Carter

More than half of cancer patients will receive radiation therapy, but what is it? Does it hurt? And what are the side effects?

We spoke with Cullen Taniguchi, M.D., Ph.D., to answer some common questions about radiation therapy. Here’s what he had to share.

How does radiation therapy work?

Radiation therapy uses high-energy waves, like those used with an X-ray, but at a higher energy that damages tumor cells’ DNA....

Cancerwise blog post: What to expect during radiation therapy

BY Emily Watkins

Every year, MD Anderson’s surgeons perform more than 200 spine tumor operations. While some of the patients have primary spine tumors, almost...

BY Vickie Sayed

My cancer story started in December 2013, when I was 36 years old. I was raising my 11-year-old son, busy with nursing school and just weeks...

BY Gisela Sanchez-Williams

The Spine Tumor Support Group at MD Anderson is a unique entity. It strives to educate individuals in a compassionate, professional-led group...

BY Christina Collier

April 16, 2010, is a day forever etched into my brain.

I went to see a neurologist, regarding numbness in my foot and lack of strength...