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BY Thomas Suchyta

I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre disease in 2012 and chronic inflammatory demyelating polyneuropathy (CIDP) in 2013. But I learned that I actually had “POEMS” syndrome — a rare blood disorder related to multiple myeloma — at MD Anderson in January 2014.

After a year and a half of being misdiagnosed by other doctors, finding out that I had a blood-based cancer brought me a strange kind of relief. By that point, my peripheral...

POEMS syndrome survivor Thomas Suchyta with his wife, Janice

BY Katie Brooks

You see them walking the skybridge: some people wearing patient identification wristbands, some people wearing employee badges. But there...

BY Stephen F. Weber

When I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (a precursor of acute myeloid leukemia) in July 2015, I don’t know what shocked me more...

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 of bacteria on and inside us: our microbiome.

It’s impossible to count every cell and microbe, but it’s estimated that each person has at least as many bacteria in their body as their own cells, if not more.

If we have trillions of bacteria all around us, then why aren’t we constantly...

Dr. Jennifer Wargo in the lab, where she researches how the microbriome could play a role in future cancer treatment

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 Cynthia DeMarco

Two-time widower Paul Nielsen was in excellent health at age 67. So the former marathon runner knew something was wrong when he started feeling...

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 Cynthia DeMarco

When it comes to contagious diseases like the flu, cancer patients are among those most vulnerable to infection. This year’s flu season is...

BY Emily Dumler

Before I was on a clinical trial, I felt sorry for patients participating in them. I considered clinical trials a last-ditch effort, and felt...

BY Gary S. Rudman

After I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April 2015, I was treated at MD Anderson by Dr. Robert Orlowski with chemotherapy and a stem...