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BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Some people get married. Some have children. Some get divorced. Some get cancer. Nelda Blair believes that while these are all life-changing moments, none of them should become a person’s entire identity. She’s felt this way ever since she found out she had HPV-related anal cancer in February 2011.

“I’m a take-charge person, and this diagnosis was not going to rule my life or alter my life for any period of time,” she says. “My...

Cancerwise blog post: Anal cancer survivor Nelda Blair refuses to let anal cancer treatment get in the way of her life.

BY Chitra Viswanathan, M.D.

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, I’d never had a mammogram. I was only 38 at the time, so I hadn’t started getting that...

BY Devon Carter

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with anaplastic thyroid cancer, it may be hard to find others who’ve received the same diagnosis....

BY Cynthia DeMarco

April 4 is just another day to most people. But to Erika Evans, it’s an important one. This year, it marked the fifth anniversary of the day she had a double umbilical cord blood transplant at MD Anderson for her acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment. And for Erika, the fact that she’s still around for the milestone at all was cause for celebration.

“When I was diagnosed, I was given very little hope of survival,” Erika says....

Cancerwise blog post: Erika Evans shares how an umbilical cord blood transplant -- a type of stem cell transplant -- helped her overcome acute myeloid leukemia

BY Michele Longabaugh

Recently, I had an experience I feel compelled to share. First, so that my soul will settle about it. And second, so that I can show the people...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Getting enough calories and protein helps patients stay strong and fight cancer as well as other infections.

But studies show that...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Even though Robin Odle knew she needed a colonoscopy when she turned 50, she put it off.

“I’d been traumatized by a prior GI test,...

BY MD Anderson staff

Ovarian cancer symptoms can be rather vague – bloating, a feeling of fullness and/or constipation. But Diane Sarver didn’t have any of these...

BY Julie Penne

When Maja Latham’s father was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer, she got aggressive, too.

As the “researcher” in...

BY Erica Di Pierro, Ph.D.

In the middle of 2014, Daron Gribble received some unexpected news: a persistent sore spot under his right cheekbone had tested positive for...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Gary Rudman began experiencing severe lower back and leg pain in early 2013, just a few years after he retired from the U.S. Air Force. His...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Bloating. A feeling of fullness. Constipation. All of these can be symptoms of ovarian cancer. They can also be the result of a bad meal.<...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Kelly Mireles’ smile is the facial feature most people notice when first meeting her. That alone is a minor miracle.

Kelly had most...

BY Scott Courville

I wish the HPV vaccine had been available when I was younger.

If it had been, I might not have developed the tonsil cancer that stole...

BY Devon Carter

When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast and the lymph nodes, it’s known as metastatic breast cancer. Most commonly, breast cancer spreads...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Sally Hargroves has always been active and full of energy, so when the Floridian became increasingly tired in 2010, she suspected something...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

There are many myths surrounding sugar and cancer treatment. But what do cancer patients really need to know about sugar to make sure they...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Kate Arnold isn’t entirely sure when her journey with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma started.

“I probably was walking around with cancer for...

BY John Chattaway

At age 62, Tom Jackson was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The diagnosis is common among men his age, so he took it in stride.

But...

BY MD Anderson staff

When cancer spreads to the central nervous system, it usually goes to the brain tissue. In a small but growing number of cases, though, it...