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Before starting near her home in Dallas, Brenda Scherer decided to get a second opinion at. MD Anderson. . Looking back, she’s glad she did. If she’d stuck with the treatment plan her local medical team had recommended, she would have had the wrong treatment and surgery. A DCIS breast cancer diagnosis. A kindergarten teacher at the time, Brenda had her annual mammogram during spring break 2017. The technician noticed something unusual immediately, but Brenda wasn’t concerned. “I have dense breasts and knew I had lumps, so I wasn’t worried,” she says. A few days later, the radiologist called and reported that he’d found a suspicious spot. Brenda then had a . Her medical team in Dallas diagnosed her with ductal carcinoma in situ, or , often call.
Starting for the first time? If you are new to this common , you're probably wondering how chemotherapy works, if you will or even if chemotherapy hurts. We spoke with , to learn more. Here’s what she had to say. What is chemotherapy? Chemotherapy is a group of medications that can shrink or destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is used in a variety of ways. It may be given to rid the body of cancer, to shrink cancer so that can be performed, or to control the disease and prolong someone’s life as long as possible. How does chemotherapy work? There are multiple types of chemotherapy, and each kind works a bit differently. In general, chemotherapy attacks rapidly dividing cells, such as cancer cells. Chemotherapy alters a cancer cell’s ability
remains one of the two most-common types of cancer in the world, according to the World Health Organization. It’s the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths annually. And more than 265,000 people will be diagnosed with it in the United States alone, during any given year. But there is reason for hope. Research has yielded a number of exciting developments in and that will improve the lives of breast cancer patients for years to come. We spoke with our , and to learn more. 1. Node preservation reduces lymphedema cases. Axillary lymph nodes used to be removed from the armpit routinely during breast cancer to test for metastasis. This caused , numbness and in about 1 in 5 patients. But studies have shown that many of those nodes can be pr.
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. I went to a local optometrist in Austin, thinking I’d get a quick replacement after a cursory checkup. But a few minutes into the exam, the doctor gave me some sobering news: the cloudiness in my left eye was actually a small lesion on the retina, the inner lining of the eyeball. It was likely cancer. I needed to see an ophthalmologist right away — and possibly an oncologist. I was shocked, but I did what he suggested. The specialist I saw the next day confirmed the optometrist’s suspicions: I had uveal melanoma, a rare type of . She referred me to , an. MD Anderson. eye cancer specialist. And thanks to him.
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 cell anemia trait. When I was 21, I watched my mom die from complications of sickle cell anemia. I had open-heart surgery for a heart defect discovered in my 20s. Then, I had fibroid surgery six months later. Up to that point, I'd been through a lot, so I was overwhelmed when I was diagnosed with a rare type of -- endometrial stromal sarcoma -- at age 28. How my uterine cancer symptoms led me to MD Anderson. I was a Head Start teacher, and I knew something was wrong when I needed to leave my classroom frequently for restroom breaks. I was gaining weight, too. In September 2012, I went to the emergency room for ki.
I’ve been helping people get around at. MD Anderson. since 2002. First, I drove the that travel between our buildings at the . Then, I became a dispatch team leader. And in 2011, I started driving the that connect our buildings along the skybridge. Over the years, I’ve probably heard hundreds of our patients’ cancer stories. I never thought I’d have one to tell myself. But I was diagnosed with stage III in October 2003, less than 12 months after I started working here. And it was a scary walk, but I feel like I’ve finally found my purpose: giving hope to others. My breast cancer diagnosis. I had a little lump in my left breast for years. But I’m one of those people who thinks, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” And it never bothered me, so I j.
I’ve been an educator for 16 years and a high school librarian for eight. I teach kids how to do research, so I know how to find stuff online. And that’s exactly what I did after my husband, , was diagnosed with a rare called chordoma of the clivus last summer. None of the doctors or specialists we saw here in Alabama could even tell us what it was, much less how to treat it. One thought it might be an infection. All of them called it “inoperable,” which meant they didn’t think it could be removed surgically. They suggested we go home and get Mark’s affairs in order, because whatever he had was probably going to kill him. At the time, our son was only 3. So, that prognosis was not OK with me. I started researching. And the one name that kep.
For a long time, was considered nonsense by many people in mainstream cancer medicine. It had been tried for years, starting with a German scientist named Paul Ehrlich in 1906. There’d been a lot of other attempts since then, particularly in the 1960s and 1980s, but none of them really worked. Unfortunately, there was a lot of hype around those efforts each time. So, when they didn’t pan out, the field as a whole got a bad reputation. And as I started looking into immunotherapy research in the early 1990s, people kept telling me, “Don’t do this.”But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of ipilimumab, the drug I developed, in 2011 and the discovery of other by other researchers have proven that immunotherapy is a legitimate . I
When I was 16 and undergoing for a type of called one of the best pieces of advice I got was from a nurse at. MD Anderson. . Early on, told me: “Find your laugh.” It was hard sometimes, but I took her advice. I looked for every opportunity I could to laugh at what was going on. And laughing in the face of cancer was what helped me get through some hard and unpleasant experiences. Finding humor in hair loss. One way I found my laugh was by wearing different color wigs. I within a few months of starting , so my mother and grandmother bought me a ton of wigs. I had so many colors: red, pink, blue, blonde. You name it, I had it. There were a bunch of different hairstyles, too. Some were long, and some were cute little bobs. Obviously, the wigs wer.
My whole career in financial services has been about creating positive experiences for other people. But I never knew how different one hospital could be from another until I came to. MD Anderson. for in December 2017. At. MD Anderson. , I learned how important every single person is to making a hospital great: from the parking lot attendant who greets you with a smile to the custodian who collects your trash to the server who brings you your food. Everyone at. MD Anderson. — no matter who it is — wants to make a difference. And that’s what makes it special. A meaningful personal connection shaped my uterine cancer treatment. At first, I was quite resistant to the idea of seeking a second opinion at. MD Anderson. . My son was only 14 at the time, an.
When I was diagnosed with stage IV of the nasal cavity in October 2017, I got to. MD Anderson. as quickly as I could. My cancer was advanced and very rare, with mucosal melanoma making up only about 1% of all melanoma diagnoses a year. And I wanted to be treated at a place where they’d seen a lot of cases like mine before. At. MD Anderson. , I met with medical oncologist , radiation oncologist , and head and neck surgeon and specialist . I was excited when they recommended I thought it would give me the best results. Unfortunately, I developed pretty early on, so I had to stop taking it. But my doctors came up with an alternate , and I’ve been cancer-free since March 2019. So even though immunotherapy didn’t work for me,. MD Anderson. did. My muc.
I wasn’t working at. MD Anderson. yet when I learned that I had triple-negative in July 2009. But after hearing about two family members’ positive experiences there and then becoming a patient myself, I really, really wanted to. The thing that drew me in most was. MD Anderson’s. : Caring, Integrity and Discovery. I saw them listed everywhere at. MD Anderson. , particularly in the elevators. They explained the importance of treating everyone with courtesy, kindness and respect. And that’s exactly what I got as a patient in . Why I came to. MD Anderson. It quickly became clear to me what sets. MD Anderson. apart. The first oncologist I’d seen had really scared me. She told me that if my cancer was at stage I or II, it was treatable; if it was at stage
Cancer can be scary, so some parents may avoid sharing their with their kids to protect them. But research shows higher anxiety levels in children who aren’t informed of a parent’s condition. Although talking about cancer can be hard, there are ways to ease the process. We spoke to Shelby Becka, a counselor at , for advice on telling your kids about your cancer diagnosis and . Share your diagnosis before starting cancer treatment. No matter their age, it’s never easy to tell your kids you have cancer. Becka suggests setting aside time with your immediate family and telling everyone together in your home or another private, comfortable space. Ideally, you should do this before you start . “It’s hard to keep cancer a secret,” Becka says. “Your.
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 — can be overwhelming. My 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 for me to find my way, now I couldn’t be more content. Perseverance has allowed me to flourish. Here are five other things I’ve done that have helped me adjust. Think positive. It’s important to acknowledge the down days, but don’t dwell on them. Try to look on the bright side and find something to smile about each day: practice your faith, give thanks, or do something for oth.
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 13 hours away from there. I also spent a lot of time in Houston in 2013 and 2014, while I was being treated at. MD Anderson. for , a type of . It may sound kind of cheesy, but I actually feel the most alive when I’m in the Texas Medical Center. As soon as I see the. MD Anderson. buildings, I take a deep breath and relax. I know they saved my life once, and they could do it again if they had to. They’ve already given me a second chance at life that I couldn’t get anywhere else. My brain cancer diagnosis. I was not quite 16 in August 2013, when I was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. And when you hear the wor.
For Bridget Reeves, after completing six months of for was “a big deal.”Soldiering through , and , she’d juggled chemo and her job as an. MD Anderson. clinical studies coordinator for 13 weeks before finally taking leave when she could no longer feel her foot on the brake pedal driving home. Even through the worst of it, the sound of other patients ringing the bell never failed to lift her spirits. “I’d think, ‘Yeah, that’s going to be me. I’m almost there,’” she recalls. When her turn came to ring the bell, she felt both relief that the day-to-day grind of chemotherapy was over and a sense of accomplishment that she was still standing. “I finally felt I could celebrate something,” she says. “I could celebrate I made it through this part.”A.
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 or the challenges of can influence your spirituality by strengthening your beliefs or bringing them into question. We recently spoke with Annabelle Bitter and Tiffany Meyer about the role spirituality can play for cancer patients and caregivers. Here’s what they had to say. Spirituality and religion are different. While and spirituality may be similar for some people, they’re not the same thing. “Spirituality is a relationship you have with a higher power that gives you meaning or purpose,” Bitter says. Spirituality means something different for each of us, and we express it i.
(IBC) accounts for only about 2-4% of new each year. But because it’s so aggressive, it makes up a disproportionate number of breast cancer-related deaths annually, even though it’s rare. “IBC has been called both ’the silent killer’ and ‘the master metastasizer,’ because it’s often misdiagnosed and it spreads so quickly,” explains “That’s why speed is so critical in both the and of inflammatory breast cancer.”We spoke with Woodward to learn more. Here’s what she wants people to know about inflammatory breast cancer. What are the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer, and how do they differ from other types? Classic inflammatory breast cancer develop fairly quickly (3 months or less), and can include swollen breasts, red skin and nipple i.
This past April, joined. MD Anderson. as chief operating officer (COO). In this role, she oversees our inpatient and outpatient operations to ensure we deliver high quality care for our cancer patients and their families. Prior to joining. MD Anderson. , Morris served as president at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, a 1,100-bed academic medical center affiliated with the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She’s a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree and more than two decades of executive hospital leadership, including roles as a health system chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. Morris previously served in several executive leadership roles, including ad interim chief executive officer at Nebraska
Navigating one of the largest cancer centers in the world can be daunting, especially if you’ve just had a medical procedure or . But Patient Transportation is here to help you get around. MD Anderson. . Each day, patient escorts connect with patients to ensure they arrive at the right places for tests, procedures and other destinations. On average, they handle about 17 transports per shift. Additionally, they assist when patients are discharged from the hospital – often as the last smiling face a patient sees before exiting our doors to return home. A responsive process to help our patients. All requests for patient transportation services are made through our electronic health record, which automatically forwards the request to a dispatcher

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