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BY Cynthia DeMarco

In many ways, Jacob Ballard is a typical teenager. He likes soccer, is fascinated by robots and enjoys spending time with his friends.

But in some ways, the 17-year-old cancer survivor is completely different.

Since he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in November 2014, Jacob has spent more than 120 days in the hospital and received more than 160 doses of chemotherapy. In March 2015, he also had an internal type I/II hemipelvectomy...

Cancerwise blog post: Ewing's sarcoma patient Jacob Ballard with his physical therapist

BY Cynthia DeMarco

New York resident Zulema Arroyo-Farley originally received treatment for soft-tissue sarcoma close to home after her diagnosis in February...

BY Brittany Cordeiro

When triathlete Maria Lea De Jesus was diagnosed with early stage cervical cancer in 2014 after a routine Pap test, she feared being sidelined...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

It was shortly after Christmas nine years ago when Brian Ross got the phone call that changed his life.

The newlywed had just discovered that he was going to be a father for the first time. Now, he was learning he had cancer.

“Those two moments came only a couple of weeks apart,” Brian says. “In December, we found out that my wife was pregnant with our first child. I received word that I had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early...

Cancerwise blog post: Brian Ross, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor and volunteer

BY MD Anderson

Cancer could have easily taken over the Ferguson family by now.

Three of the family members – wife/mom Sandy and daughters Alyssa and...

BY Denham Turner

“If I were your son, what exactly would you have me do?” This was my question to Alfred Yung, M.D., as I looked him directly in the eye on...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Elsa So had been working at MD Anderson as a night-shift nursing assistant for nine years when her daughter, Marivic, was diagnosed with ovarian...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Nobody was more surprised than Bill Earthman when he was diagnosed with HPV-related throat cancer two years ago.

Like many people,...

BY Eric Tidline

Stress is the body’s physical, emotional, and psychological response to any demand. Unfortunately, it’s a part of daily life, especially for...

BY Ivanna Kern

I recently celebrated my sixth cancerversary with no evidence of appendix cancer. Since my appendix cancer diagnosis, I’ve learned the importance...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Judy Waxman had already been practicing yoga for a decade when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). But that series of stretches...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Drummer Gary Cornelius has been a professional musician for almost 50 years, but he didn’t get to perform at his fantasy venue — the Grand...

BY Ryan Stephens

“We can treat you here,” Lori Leach’s physician told her. “But MD Anderson is right down the street.”

A few weeks earlier, Lori had...

BY Anton Blender

It started with a sore throat. Brian German, 44, assumed he'd picked it up from one of his three children. But when it persisted, Brian examined...

BY Katie Brooks

During Survivorship Week, June 5-11, MD Anderson is hosting entertainment and educational activities to honor those who are living with cancer...

BY Melissa DeLeon

My acute myeloid leukemia (AML) diagnosis was devastating -- not just because I feared for my life, but also because I was seven months pregnant...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

You’ve probably heard of immunotherapy. But what exactly is it? And who should consider immunotherapy?

At its most basic, immunotherapy...