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BY Lillian Dooies

Some people work all of their adult lives anticipating the joys of retirement. Planned retirement can be very exciting.

But unplanned retirement — particularly due to a cancer diagnosis — can be overwhelming. My acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis forced me to take an early retirement from teaching seventh grade civics in 2013. But everything in life is an adjustment. This was just one more.

Although it took a little while...

Acute myeloid leukemia survivor Lillian Dooies

BY Sabrina Dominguez

I’m only 22, but I’ve already lived in so many places. Originally, I’m from El Paso, but I go to school now in College Station, which is about...

BY Jenny Montgomery

For Bridget Reeves, ringing the bell after completing six months of chemotherapy for breast cancer was “a big deal.”

Soldiering through...

BY Molly Adams

Spirituality can mean different things to different people. Prayer to a higher power, connecting with nature or creating a work of art can all be ways of expressing spirituality. A cancer diagnosis or the challenges of treatment can influence your spirituality by strengthening your beliefs or bringing them into question.

We recently spoke with social work counselors Annabelle Bitter and Tiffany Meyer about the role spirituality...

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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) accounts for only about 2-4% of new breast cancer diagnoses each year. But because it’s so aggressive, it...

BY Mindy Loya

This past April, Rosanna Morris joined MD Anderson as chief operating officer (COO). In this role, she  oversees our inpatient and outpatient...

BY Trevor Mitchell

Navigating one of the largest cancer centers in the world can be daunting, especially if you’ve just had a medical procedure or treatment....

BY Stewart Wright

Looking at me now, people would never suspect I’d ever had anything serious wrong with me. I walk five miles every day and take the stairs...

BY Angela Hernandez

One of the best pieces of advice I got before starting chemotherapy to treat stage III ovarian cancer was from my oncologist, Dr. Aaron Shafer...

BY Liza Dora

I’ve always been a bit of an extremist. So, when I learned that skin cancer runs in my mom’s family, I started seeing a dermatologist immediately...

BY Devon Carter

Most women naturally go into menopause when they’re in their 40s or 50s. That’s because as a woman ages, she has fewer reproductive eggs and...

BY Alexa Jett

After I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis at age 15, I began having my thyroid monitored regularly. In 2012, during a checkup in...

BY Tracey Ferrin

Although it's been 18 years, I still clearly remember how scared my family was when I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in my right femur...

BY Therese Bevers, M.D.

If you had told me years ago that one day all I’d be doing was preventive medicine — and it would all be related to cancer — I’d have said...