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BY Mena El-Sharkawi

As an executive at an oil and gas service company, Andy Moriarty often shares safety messages with his employees. Lately, these messages have become a lot more personal and health-centered.

“I’m not bashful about this disease,” says Andy, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 57. “I caught it so early because every October, I pick up the phone and schedule my annual physical.”

During his last checkup, a blood test...

Cancerwise blog post: Survivor uses prostate cancer treatment story to motivate others into getting prostate cancer screenings

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

A little over a year ago, Robbie Johnson was desperately searching for the right metastatic breast cancer treatment.

"I’d been...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

It had been two years since Billa Woollam’s last mammogram, and she knew she was long overdue for one. But it was a strange sensation in her...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Jerry McLeary can recall the exact moment he just knew that his journey with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma would end happily.

He was driving down the road with his wife when he smelled a skunk. When he asked her if she smelled it, she replied, “Yeah, isn’t that terrible?”

“No, it smells good to me,” Jerry remembers saying.

About a year earlier, Jerry had suddenly lost his sense of smell and taste, and the...

Cancerwise blog post: Mantle cell lymphoma survivor Jerry McLeary

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

During one of breast cancer survivor Margaret Looper’s early visits to MD Anderson some 15 years ago, a volunteer who escorted her to her...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Jan de Chambrier had always envisioned herself as a mother to several children. In 1990, she and her husband were on their way to fulfilling...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Dana MacFarlane may have been the one who received a leukemia diagnosis, but she’s certain every one of her family members suffered just as...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

In the early 2000s, Virginia Plett watched her mother and aunt successfully undergo breast cancer treatment at MD Anderson. So when the Kansas...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Dana MacFarlane is still in awe of her sudden onset of acute myeloid leukemia in July 2017.

“I take blood tests on a routine basis...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer or have completed one treatment and are preparing yourself for the next, the thought of radiation...