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BY Katie Brooks

Fran Epstein arrives before sunrise to organize gifts and review the inpatient hospital floors to visit. Soon after, others join her to prepare for the day. Wearing festive hats, this brigade of committed volunteers visits each floor, pushing carts loaded with teddy bears and blankets.

One group, divided into teams of three or four, goes door to door to each patient room, while the other volunteers serve a special free catered...

Helen Kalmans (right) with Mindy Wertheimer, director of Volunteer Services and Merchandising

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Cancer patients find hope in different ways. Some do it by reminding themselves that nothing lasts forever, and that this, too, shall pass...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Ever wonder what drives our doctors and researchers to end cancer? What compels them to work in medicine or even get out of bed in the morning...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

During the past year, dozens of our patients and caregivers have shared their stories with us. Some dealt with proving a terminal diagnosis wrong. Others involved struggles with a challenging treatment, or making the best of life after cancer. The one thing they all have in common is hope.

Here are some of our patients’ most inspiring tales from 2019. Our wish is that they will bring you hope, too.

Tongue cancer survivor...

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BY Devon Carter

Whether you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, want to better understand your risk or celebrating life after cancer, you likely have questions...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Cancer patients come to MD Anderson for many reasons. Some want the expertise of the nation’s top hospital for cancer care for cancer care...

BY Michael Potthoff

I was diagnosed with stage IV acral lentiginous melanoma in August 2014. The year before, I had bumped my thumb against the side of a pool...

BY Craig Carson

Before starting breast cancer treatment near her home in Dallas, Brenda Scherer decided to get a second opinion at MD Anderson.

Looking...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Starting chemotherapy for the first time? If you are new to this common cancer treatment, you're probably wondering how chemotherapy works...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Breast cancer remains one of the two most-common types of cancer in the world, according to the World Health Organization. It’s the fifth-leading...

BY Mark Hood

When my prescription reading glasses snapped in two without warning in November 2016, I had no idea how much my life was about to change.<...

BY Michelle John

I've always had to fight for my health. I had my left leg amputated at age 1 due to a birth defect, and I was born with the sickle...