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BY Laura Harvey

Peter WT Pisters, M.D., MD Anderson’s fifth full-time president, began his role Dec. 1, with a renewed spirit of unity and excitement. Like each of us here, Pisters feels a deep connection to MD Anderson, our mission and the patients we serve.

Pisters built his career here for 20 years as a cancer surgeon, researcher, professor and administrator. He left in 2014 to oversee the University Health Network, affiliated with the University...

MD Anderson president Peter WT Pisters, M.D., smiles during a meeting with staff

BY Cheryl Ratliff

When I received a phone call about an abnormality discovered during my mammogram in December 2016, I didn’t think much of it. I was prone...

BY Stephen F. Weber

When I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (a precursor of acute myeloid leukemia) in July 2015, I don’t know what shocked me more...

BY Devon Carter

Opioids are medications that can help manage pain caused by cancer and its treatment by blocking pain signals from injured nerves to the brain. They can help relieve aching, throbbing pain in the muscles (known as nociceptor pain), or numbness in the hands and feet known as neuropathy.

We spoke with Dhanalakshmi ("Lakshmi") Koyyalagunta, M.D., about what cancer patients should know about opioids and myths surrounding...

Bottles of opioids that may be prescribed to treat cancer pain

BY Tara Kirk

In 2016, I found out that I had inherited a genetic mutation known as Lynch Syndrome from my mother, who’d died 26 years earlier from cancer...

BY Gillian Kruse

Angelina was Shamsha Damani’s best friend for three years. A constant in the MD Anderson program director’s daily life, well-known to her...

BY Matthew B. Johnson

Between 1995 and 2009, I was diagnosed with four different types of cancer. The first diagnosis didn’t really bother me. The second one hit...

BY Abigail Pardo

I started finding blood in my stool in the fall of 2013, but at the time, it didn’t seem that strange to me. Constipation runs in my family...

BY Gillian Kruse

We practice hand hygiene to help keep ourselves from getting sick from the bacteria all around us. But each of us already has a huge population...

BY Jessica Garcia

In the last five years, I’ve competed in 10 professional outrigger canoeing competitions across North and South America. I’ve also had stereotactic...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

A little over a year ago, Robbie Johnson was desperately searching for the right metastatic breast cancer treatment.

"I’d been...

BY Laura Compston

I resisted getting a feeding tube for as long as I could. I knew I’d have to use one eventually, but I didn’t feel ready for a long time....

BY Mary Ann Hellinghausen

Kristine Ferrone has survived Mars – or a simulation of the Red Planet, anyway.

During the summer of 2009, Kristine Ferrone and five...

BY Fabi Powell

My late husband, Josh, was diagnosed with stage IV synovial sarcoma — a rare type of soft tissue cancer — in November 2014. He fought the...

BY Racheal Martin

Before I started breast cancer treatment at age 35, I had all sorts of ideas about how difficult my life was about to get. In a way, I was...

BY Jane Mooney

Sometimes knowledge is not all it’s cracked up to be. So, when I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in July 2016, I told Dr. Robert...

BY Collin McHugh

When you first hear the word, “cancer,” you think it’s the end of the world. So, when my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years...