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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 Laura Nathan-Garner

In 2017, dozens of our cancer patients shared the stories of their diagnosis, treatment and life after cancer here on Cancerwise. As they...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

For 78-year-old widower Do Lee, the hardest part of having stomach cancer wasn’t chemotherapy, radiation or even learning to eat again after...

BY Hans Rueffert

When you first come to MD Anderson, you may be so overwhelmed that you have a real sense of urgency when you get here. Maybe you feel like there’s an alien invader in your body, so you want to jump straight into chemo.

I understand that desire. I was diagnosed with stomach cancer in July 2005, and I ended up having both my stomach and my esophagus surgically removed.

But my advice is to slow down. It took about a month to...

Cancerwise blog post: Hans Rueffert, who received a stomach cancer diagnosis, shares his advice for other cancer patients.

BY Hans Rueffert

The connection between what we eat and how we feel is so elementary, yet for some reason we forget or push it to the side.

But as a...

BY Megan Maisel

Marne Shafer thought her running days were behind her after she received a total gastrectomy, a surgical removal of the stomach and nearby...

BY Ralph Lilja

For several months before my cancer diagnosis, I experienced bouts of extreme fatigue. At 58, I attributed this to the normal aging process...

BY Clayton Boldt

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that e-cigarette use has grown rapidly among teens in the past few years...

BY Jenny Montgomery

When Sara Souto Strom was growing up in Argentina, she wanted to be a mathematician. But she became a marine biologist instead. Then a cancer...

BY Tami Schutter

"Mom has cancer." These are the three words I least expected to hear during a phone call with my dad. 

As I heard...