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BY Courtney Kessenich

Pediatric cancer patients may never get a chance to go to traditional summer camps. That’s why former childhood cancer survivor and former camper Oguna Taylor has volunteered with our children’s Camps Program for the last 16 years.

The Camps Program provides opportunities for our pediatric patients to get away from the hospital and enjoy time in the outdoors with other young people. It includes two week-long, sleep-away camps:...

Cancerwise blog: campers participate in the Camps Program

BY Mary Ann Hellinghausen

Elizabeth Mittendorf’s first year in medical school didn’t bode well for a career as a doctor. During one of her early encounters with a patient...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Rodney Quindoy had only been working at MD Anderson for about five months when our mission to end cancer became personal.

On New Year...

BY Damion Smith

During one of my early visits to MD Anderson, I noticed a sign that read, "You became a survivor the day you were diagnosed." That message is how I've approached my squamous cell carcinoma treatments here. Everyone says it’s important to have a positive mindset during treatment, and this message was just so positive that it inspired me to channel that outlook.

After weeks of suffering from hoarseness, I was diagnosed...

Cancerwise Blog: Damion Smith battles throat cancer

BY Linda Ryan

The HPV vaccine prevents several cancers, and it could have prevented mine. When I speak out in support of the HPV vaccine as a recurrent...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

When Stacy Sager found out her husband, Craig, had acute myeloid leukemia in April 2014, she was terrified. “You have a mix of emotions,”...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Ginny Levenback already leads a fairly healthy lifestyle — she doesn’t smoke, rarely drinks and follows a mostly vegetarian diet.

But...

BY Marvin Crane

My name is Marvin Crane. I became a patient at MD Anderson’s Brain and Spine Center after removal of a metastatic renal cell carcinoma tumor...

BY Kellie Bramlet

Establishing a good relationship with your oncologist can help you play an active role in your cancer treatment. One of the best ways to start...

BY Brandie Sellers

A few weeks ago marked the five-year anniversary of my breast amputation. My youngest child, Isaiah, was four when I had that surgery. I did...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager is known for his colorful and fun attire, but he wants to be known for living a colorful life off-court...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

In 2011, golf professional Randy Jones had a satisfying career and a loving wife with three kids. Life was good.

But a series of seemingly...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

For James Noble (known as “J.R.”), the first signs of trouble came in October 2013.

At the end of each workday, the normally high-energy...

BY Carrie Anderson

My father was diagnosed with glioblastoma in November 2011. One night, after my mom and dad went for a walk, my mom found my dad on the patio...

BY Scott Merville

Five years ago, patients with late-stage melanoma that had spread to other organs had no good treatment options. 

A pair of treatment...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

On April 10, 2014, Craig Sager was at the top of his career, running between locker rooms as a sports reporter to interview professional athletes...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

When Michelle Collins and Kayla DeRoche were undergoing cancer treatment at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, there was one thing that...

BY Gillian Kruse

When I was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), I had a million questions about what was happening, what was going to happen...