In the middle of 2014, Daron Gribble received some unexpected news: a persistent sore spot under his right cheekbone had tested positive for nodular melanoma. When his local dermatologist urged him to find an oncologist, he knew exactly where to turn. Daron’s sister, a nurse in the Houston area, referred him to her close friend, Randal Weber, M.D., chair of Head and Neck Surgery at MD Anderson.
“Dr. Weber’s compassion reassured...
When Maja Latham’s father was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer, she got aggressive, too.
As the “researcher” in her immediate family, Maja had never even heard of bladder cancer until her then 59-year-old father, Andre Stenzel, was diagnosed in 2013. It was only after hours of reading and exploring websites that she learned how many people are impacted by the disease.
According to the National Cancer Institute...
Kelly Mireles’ smile is the facial feature most people notice when first meeting her. That alone is a minor miracle.
Kelly had most of her jawbone removed in March 2015 after a salivary gland cancer recurrence. Her mandible was rebuilt by MD Anderson surgeons in May 2016 using part of her fibula, a non-weight-bearing leg bone. Today, with the help of an oral prosthesis, Kelly is able to eat, speak and even smile again.
A growing number of adults under age 50 are facing colorectal cancer, and while cancer at any age brings lifestyle changes, these changes can be especially challenging for those who are just starting their careers, dating, thinking about becoming parents, or caring for kids or aging parents.
That’s because colorectal cancer treatment — often surgery plus chemotherapy or radiation — can impact everything from bathroom use to fertility...
Even though Robin Odle knew she needed a colonoscopy when she turned 50, she put it off.
“I’d been traumatized by a prior GI test, so I didn’t do it out of fear, and I was extremely apprehensive about the prep,” she says.
Ten years later – on March 28, 2016 – Robin started experiencing intermittent cramping and bleeding. A gastroenterologist in Memphis, Tennessee performed a colonoscopy and found a polyp too large to remove...
Kate Arnold isn’t entirely sure when her journey with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma started.
“I probably was walking around with cancer for a long time,” she says.
Aside from fatigue and slight pain from what she thought was an ovarian cyst, she didn’t really have any non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma symptoms.
“It wasn’t until we were scheduling surgery to have it removed and I had an internal ultrasound that we realized that it was...
DoCMessages contains feature stories about patient care successes, fellowship research & education, faculty & staff accolades, division events, and administrative updates.
- Two-time survivor continues to sail through life (Vol.13 No.3)
- Stories of hope: Patients in remission (Vol.13 No.2)
- OneConnect: Countdown to the launch (Vol.13 No.1)
- Lymphoma survivor diagnosed while pregnant delivers healthy baby (Vol.12 No.4)
- Tech guru named Heart of MD Anderson (Vol.12 No.3)
- Immunotherapy trailblazer Patrick Hwu, M.D., new division head (Vol.12 No.2)
- Culture of compassion gives liver cancer patient courage to fight (Vol.12 No.1)