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BY Carrick Terhune

After graduating from Purdue University in December 2016, I had no idea what I wanted to do professionally. But the “real world” was fast approaching, and my time of living mostly bill-free as a college student was drawing to a close. Since I wasn’t tied down to a job just yet, I spent three months in early 2017 hiking, sailing and sea kayaking in New Zealand.

When I returned to the U.S., I thought my life would carry on as usual...

Caregiver Carrick Terhune with her mother, Linda Thomas

BY Scott Dumler

I am a numbers person. So, when my wife, Emily, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in August 2013, I turned to the internet for some...

BY Steve Hamilton

An immunotherapy clinical trial at MD Anderson helped me beat stage IV melanoma almost five years ago. But the side effects I experienced...

BY Anatole Karpovs, M.D.

In April 2013, I was a 37-year-old pediatrician with a busy practice and a hectic family life. I didn’t have time to be sick. But when my bloody stools, bowel changes and abdominal pains became persistent enough that I couldn’t ignore them anymore, I finally sought treatment from my local internist.

My doctor ordered scans and blood tests. The blood tests came back fine, but the scan showed a large tumor in my lower left colon....

Colorectal cancer survvior Dr. Anatole Karpovs (left) with Dr. Scott Kopetz

BY Gauri Varadhachary, M.D.

Because I treat patients in MD Anderson’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Center and I have a special interest in pancreatic cancer, I often get asked...

BY Devon Carter

If you’ve researched cancer treatment options, you’ve probably heard of immunotherapy, which trains the immune system to attack cancer, rather...

BY Elizabeth Deligiannis

When I was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2009, I didn’t know anyone who had ever had the disease. So I was frightened, confused and didn’t...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Frances Arnoult had a double mastectomy, but she never had to see what she would have looked like without breasts. That’s because her MD Anderson...