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BY Gillian Kruse

Angelina was Shamsha Damani’s best friend for three years. A constant in the MD Anderson program director’s daily life, well-known to her large family and even some of her co-workers, Angelina wasn’t someone Damani met in school, a mentor at work or a beloved pet.

Angelina was her wig.

A new look

Just after starting her job at MD Anderson’s Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center, Damani noticed that her hair was falling...

Cancerwise blog post: Cancer survivors inspire employee of Cancer Prevention Center to embrace side effects of alopecia

BY Gillian Kruse

We practice hand hygiene to help keep ourselves from getting sick from the bacteria all around us. But each of us already has a huge population...

BY Gillian Kruse

Oscar Ruiz’s home is decorated with many photos he’s taken, from architectural shots and scenes he’s encountered during his travels to images...

BY Gillian Kruse

When I was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), I had a million questions about what was happening, what was going to happen, what could possibly happen and when my life would get back to normal already.

My care team was always willing to answer my questions, when they could. But it just wasn’t practical for them to sit with me for six hours at a time until all of my questions were exhausted, and sometimes there just...

Cancerwise blog post: AML survivor Gillian Kruse

BY Gillian Kruse

During my acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment, I sometimes had to wait for an appointment when I came to MD Anderson. Most of the time,...

BY Gillian Kruse

A stem cell transplant patient recently returned to MD Anderson for a follow-up visit with sore ribs. But he wasn’t relapsing or experiencing...

BY Gillian Kruse

I didn’t feel ill when I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The only reason I went to the doctor in the first place was because...

BY Gillian Kruse

The room is kept cold and dim, but it's not for medicine or lab samples.

Instead, this helps maintain the archives in the Historical...

BY Gillian Kruse

A globe-trotting chemist turned-lawyer-turned businessman, Ferran Prat, Ph.D., J.D., sees himself as an agent for some of cancer medicine's...

BY Gillian Kruse

After starting chemotherapy, it became clear that my acute myeloid leukemia (AML) was going to be tough to beat. The chemo would kill it,...