When April Schweigert’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and then two years later ovarian cancer, her doctors suspected that this was not a coincidence.
“That’s when all the red flags started flying. I remember being in the hospital room and her surgeons were immediately saying, ‘You and your daughter need to be tested for BRCA mutation,’” she says.
April and her mother both tested positive for mutations in BRCA1...
People think I’ve gone mad when I tell them that having stage I invasive ductal carcinoma — a type of breast cancer — was really a blessing in disguise. Either that or the chemobrain has completely taken over. But it was through my breast cancer diagnosis in March 2009 that I found my life’s purpose.
As a registered nurse, I’ve made a career out of helping people. I’ve been working beside my physician husband, Abdul, for more than...
My dad was initially diagnosed with stage II kidney cancer in January 2002. But the tumor in his kidney was contained, and surgery successfully removed the cancer. He remained cancer-free for 13 years.
Things changed in July 2015, when he coughed up a teaspoon of blood. He went to the doctor and underwent an X-ray that revealed multiple spots on his lungs. Additional CT scans confirmed the spots. His doctor referred him to MD Anderson...
During the last 16 years, Dian Snowden has sought treatment at MD Anderson for numerous health issues, including thyroid cancer screening and a breast cancer recurrence. But it was a trip to MD Anderson’s Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center in December 2016 that helped spot her lung cancer.
“Even though I am 75 years old, I drive four hours to come to MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center because this is where I get the best care...
In March 2014, I tried to connect a boat trailer to my minivan, ploughed head-first into the closed tailgate and really hurt my neck.
An X-ray showed I hadn’t broken my neck, but the doctors saw something near the back of my brain, at the base of my skull. A CT scan confirmed it was a tumor. The doctor was elated because he found it before I had any symptoms. I had mixed emotions, and it took a while to process the news.
When Dianne Simpson rang the bell at MD Anderson on April 10 to signify the end of her high-grade serous ovarian cancer treatment, she considered it one of the happiest days of her life. The 73-year-old and her family later gathered for dinner, where they symbolically cut their teal ovarian cancer awareness bracelets, celebrating a future that had seemed unsure just months earlier.
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DoCMessages contains feature stories about patient care successes, fellowship research & education, faculty & staff accolades, division events, and administrative updates.
- ASCO Awards & Trainee Research Day Prizes (Vol.14 No.4)
- Changing the way we schedule patients: Making appointments matter (Vol.14 No.3)
- Women faculty in the spotlight (Vol.14 No.2)
- Saluting our military reservists (Vol.14 No.1)
- 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)
- Spotlight on physician assistants (Vol.11 No.3)
- Teen AML survivor forms gaming community (Vol.11 No.2)
- Preparing for a game-changing code change (Vol.11 No.1)