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BY Mindy Loya

“Don’t try this at home,” Claudius Conrad, M.D., Ph.D., quips as he lectures on the historical ties between music and medicine. Conrad, an assistant professor of Surgical Oncology, explains to his audience that in the Middle Ages, popular prescriptions involved specific musical combinations. The example he offers involves alternating between playing the flute and harp to alleviate gout.

Despite the long-standing connection between...

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 Jaymee Fiskum

I never really thought about life after cancer. I was too busy just dealing with the ways stage IV anaplastic large T cell lymphoma small...

BY Carol Bryce

Dragons are protectors, the young patient believed. So she envisioned herself standing next to a dragon in a giant digitally printed mural.

Another patient loved to paint pictures of elephants and decided he wanted to paint colorful designs on a real one.

Yet another wanted to gather all her artwork and publish it in book format.

Our Arts in Medicine Program gave all three young people the guidance and tools they...

BY Tina Ladowski

In October 2013, I underwent surgery in Arizona to remove a tumor in my left eye. Waking up after surgery, I vividly remember asking my surgeon...

BY Audrey Seykora

Michelene Shannon is well-aware of MD Anderson’s vast resources and research – she’s been an employee here for 10 years. But in January 2014...

BY Ralph Lilja

For several months before my cancer diagnosis, I experienced bouts of extreme fatigue. At 58, I attributed this to the normal aging process...

BY Cora Connor

When my brother, Herman, was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer in early 2012, my family and I were devastated. We felt hopeless, especially...

BY Britt Reddy-Cables

My T-cell lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnoses came towards the end of summer break during my sophomore year of college. While...