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BY Lisa Torres

When I had an earache for a couple of weeks in August 2007 and couldn’t sleep on my right side for very long, I went to my primary care doctor. She told me I had an ear infection. I was given antibiotics and sent home. After a few weeks, I noticed a knot in my cheek, and it got even harder to sleep.

I thought something else was wrong.

My salivary cancer diagnosis

I was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a type...

Salivary gland cancer survivor Lisa Torres posing for a photo while volunteering at MD Anderson

BY Lillian Dooies

I first came to MD Anderson in January 2013, after being diagnosed in Florida with acute myeloid leukemia. I didn’t know it at the time, but...

BY Devon Carter

Each cancer patient is unique. And when developing a cancer treatment plan, our doctors consider all of the things that make patients unique...

BY Cynthia Sanchez

When I found out I had thymoma — a rare tumor of the thymus gland — I knew I couldn’t stay in South Texas for my treatment.

I’d been convinced for more than a decade that something was wrong with me, but nobody ever connected any of my symptoms with the mass growing slowly behind my sternum.

Over the years, I’d seen a cardiologist for heart palpitations, a gastroenterologist for swallowing problems, an ophthalmologist for...

Thymoma survivor Cynthia Sanchez

BY Elpida Argenziano

Until January 2016, I’d never heard of MD Anderson. I had no idea that it was considered the top hospital for cancer care in this country...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Liposcarcoma survivor Tom Gattle has never let his amputated shoulder stop him from doing the things he loves. He goes fly fishing with a...

BY Ron Gilmore

Robby Witt knows about hope. In the last six years, he has gone through more highs and lows than most people experience in a lifetime. The...

BY Erica Nowell

As a nurse practitioner at MD Anderson, I’d heard of case studies where Ewing’s sarcoma survivors had seen their cancer return, even way past...

BY Jennifer Uschold

At MD Anderson, we believe that everyone deserves the best possible cancer care.

But we know that an extended stay in Houston isn’t...

BY Linda Duggan

Some people go to MD Anderson after they’ve exhausted all other local cancer treatment options. But for me, the thought of going anywhere...