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BY Jenny Montgomery

For Bridget Reeves, ringing the bell after completing six months of chemotherapy for breast cancer was “a big deal.”

Soldiering through nausea, exhaustion and nerve damage, she’d juggled chemo and her job as an MD Anderson clinical studies coordinator for 13 weeks before finally taking leave when she could no longer feel her foot on the brake pedal driving home.

Even through the worst of it, the sound of other patients ringing...

The bell at MD Anderson League City that patients ring to mark a milestone in their cancer treatment

BY Damion Smith

When I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the vocal cords — a type of throat cancer — in the summer of 2016, there was no question...

BY Jan Lewin, Ph.D.

The ability to swallow — or to eat and drink what you enjoy most without choking or coughing — is something that many of us take for granted...

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 carcinoma — a type of throat cancer — left her much more vulnerable to head injuries. And if a bone were ever to break in her face, it most likely would never heal.

My mom can get severe whiplash very easily, too, because she had so many muscles removed from her neck as part of salivary...

Salivary gland cancer survivor Laura Compston with her son, Layne Compston

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 Andrew Futreal, Ph.D.

 

While its name was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s ambitious goal to put a man on the moon, the Moon Shots Program...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Music has always been a part of James McManus’ life. The middle son in a family of musicians, he was the lead singer of a rock ‘n roll band...

BY Casey Thaler

When I started college, I had a specific vision of where my life was heading – I was going to be an Air Force pilot. I had a full Air Force...