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BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you — or your child — were diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? How would you handle the treatments and the side effects? How would you keep your spirits up? These are just a few of the topics our patients and caregivers discussed on our Cancerwise blog this year.

Here's some of the best advice they shared in 2017:

On making treatment decisions

When 8-year-old Elise Robinson was diagnosed with osteosarcoma...

Cancerwise blog post: Advice from cancer patients and caregivers on diagnosis, treatment, side effects and managing life with and after cancer

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Many cancer patients have mantras — or inspiring sayings — that they do their best to live by. Some are reminders that good things can come...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

Cancer often brings a lot of questions and unknowns, especially when it comes to treatment options, side effects and what to expect — and...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

In 2017, dozens of our cancer patients shared the stories of their diagnosis, treatment and life after cancer here on Cancerwise. As they told us about their challenges and fears, they revealed their strength, courage and resilience. And in the process, they each gave us hope.

Here are 10 of our most-read patient stories from 2017.

Ovarian cancer patient thankful for immunotherapy clinical trial
When Cathy Tompkins...

Cancerwise blog post: Popular blogs dealing with hope after a cancer diagnosis and advice during cancer treatment

BY Jenny McCarthy

I’m lucky. Because although I’ve worn the all-too-familiar MD Anderson patient wristband off and on since July 2015, I’ve never actually had...

BY Jennifer Robinson

As the parent of a cancer patient, when you first step through the doors of MD Anderson, you’re terrified. You’re not supposed to be here....

BY MD Anderson staff

MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program™ was launched five years ago to increase the speed at which our scientists and physicians turn their research...

BY Mason Ermis

My name is Mason Ermis. When I was 9 years old, I began a journey that tested my courage and strength in ways I never thought possible. We...

BY Corey Ellis

Before my cancer diagnosis, I used to think that death steals life from us. Now I realize that it’s the other way around; death is the constant...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Bryan Bump knows the importance of annual physicals. They’ve saved his life -- twice.

In August 2011, Bryan, then 49, underwent a physical...

BY Ashley Rivera

My husband and I have always taught our children to find the good in everything, even if they can’t see it at that moment.

But I was...

BY Brooke Kotrla

My whole life changed in June 2017. I had just finished my sophomore year at Texas Tech University. My life seemed pretty simple. I went to...

BY Pamela Schlembach, M.D.

Between all of the decorating, baking, cooking, parties, shopping and events, the holiday season can be stressful. And, adding cancer treatment...

BY Maria Newhouse

I recently finished my last chemotherapy treatment at MD Anderson in Sugar Land. It was a milestone that, at one point, I honestly thought...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

For 78-year-old widower Do Lee, the hardest part of having stomach cancer wasn’t chemotherapy, radiation or even learning to eat again after...