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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As a high school soccer player, Alex Frankenfeld often heard his coach say, “Busca la forma,” which is Spanish for “Find a way.” Three years later, Alex was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, and the phrase became a mantra that helped him get through the experience.  “I’m going to do whatever I can to beat this thing,” Alex told his mother on their first trip to MD Anderson in fall 2015. “Mom, I’m going to find a way.”

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Sarcoma survivor Alex Frankenfeld

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Frances Arnoult had a double mastectomy, but she never had to see what she would have looked like without breasts. That’s because her MD Anderson...

BY David M. Adelman, M.D., Ph.D.

Working with breast cancer patients can be a challenge. Because while some are coming to us for the very first time for their treatment, others...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

For cancer patients who require surgery as part of their treatment, our doctors sometimes rely on robotic surgery to help remove hard to reach tumors, shorten surgery times or lessen side effects for patients. These tools first made their appearance in the late 1990s and are becoming more and more common in operating rooms.

Robotic surgery doesn’t mean that a robot is performing the operation. Instead, it refers to when surgeons...

Surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery for cancer treatment

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Sometimes our surgeons must perform life-altering surgeries to remove cancer. And, in many cases, cancer surgeries have the potential to dramatically...

BY Sarah Zizinia

In early 2009, Hilary McQuiston-Fall was enjoying an active lifestyle full of outdoor activities in San Francisco, California. But when the...

BY Linda Thomas

In May 2017, I was getting ready for the release of my first book, preparing to move into a new house, and looking forward to a 10-day road...

BY Everette S. Gardner Jr.

I was preparing for heart surgery when I received a lung cancer diagnosis. The two health problems could have had dire results, but fortunately...

BY Brenna Huckaby

After losing most of my right leg at age 14 in November 2010 due to osteosarcoma, it was really hard for me to give up gymnastics. It had...

BY Meagan Raeke

When Robert Alvarez was diagnosed with a low-grade insular brain tumor in 2013, he decided to hope for the best and postpone treatment.