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BY Devon Carter

Opioids are medications that can help manage pain caused by cancer and its treatment by blocking pain signals from injured nerves to the brain. They can help relieve aching, throbbing pain in the muscles (known as nociceptor pain), or numbness in the hands and feet known as neuropathy.

We spoke with Dhanalakshmi ("Lakshmi") Koyyalagunta, M.D., about what cancer patients should know about opioids and myths surrounding...

Bottles of opioids that may be prescribed to treat cancer pain

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

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

BY Mason Ermis

My name is Mason Ermis. When I was 9 years old, I began a journey that tested my courage and strength in ways I never thought possible. We came to MD Anderson after my primary doctor diagnosed me with Diabetes insipidus, which is sometimes caused by a brain tumor. 

After an MRI at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, we learned I had a small “spot” in my brain, near my pituitary gland, and another spot near my optic nerve...

Cancerwise blog post: Young lymphoma survivor gets life back after brain tumor treatment

BY Katie Brooks

For 16 years, Rose Trapolino had a hard time walking because of the pain and tingling in her feet.

The breast cancer survivor suffered...

BY Terry Arnold

Maybe I’m a late bloomer. After being diagnosed with triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) in August 2007, I had a double mastectomy...

BY Pamela J. Schlembach, M.D.

Like many types of cancer treatment, radiation therapy can cause side effects and have a profound impact on patients. Many of my patients...

BY MD Anderson Staff

Bratton Fennell, 53, is one of the top-ranked distance runners for his age group in the Carolinas. During his brain tumor treatment, it turned...

BY Estelle Racusin

After my double mastectomy in 2002, I vividly remember running on the beach and hearing some teenagers making fun of my child-like figure....

BY Diego Zamora

Sometimes I forget that I have pancreatic cancer because I just don’t believe it’s going to kill me.

In fact, I’ve never felt healthier...