Board of Regents Recognizes Child Life Specialist

On May 14, 2018, Laura Wiedemann received the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award. This award is given to non-faculty employees who have shown outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication in their job. It is a distinguished achievement, with only 30 awards given out each year across the 14 University of Texas System institutions. Laura has been a…

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Proton Therapy Cancer Research Team

As we celebrate Cancer Research Month, we turn the spotlight to our research team at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center. Our research team is the gatekeeper of our clinical trials on different cancers such as head and neck, pediatrics, prostate, breast and others. Many of our researchers come from diverse science-based backgrounds. The research…

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Against All Odds, Denise Hansen

During a work trip to New York City in November 2011, Denise Hansen, felt a painful lump on the lower part of her collarbone. Once she returned to her hometown of Houston, Texas she went directly to the emergency room. Her diagnosis — a swollen lymph node, but Denise knew there was something more to…

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Why Should You Consider Gardening?

Spring is here and a great time to start gardening. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, gardening can be an ideal form of exercise because it combines three types of physical activity: Strength — increases by pushing a wheelbarrow or carrying bags of soil Endurance — builds by raking leaves, digging, or shoveling…

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Overcoming Head and Neck Cancer for the Second Time

When Ja Uthayanaka began experiencing a familiar pain in her jaw in December 2016, she quickly contacted her doctor. After completing an MRI and biopsy, her doctor confirmed the adenoid cystic carcinoma had returned. Although 10 years had gone by since she battled cancer, Ja distinctly remembered the physical suffering she endured at that time.…

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Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Although anyone can get oral cancer, it is more common amongst people who smoke regularly, have a diet low in fruits and vegetables, and drink alcohol. It can affect your tongue, tonsils, oropharynx, salivary glands, lips and gums. Also, there has been an ongoing rise in cases of oral…

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Prostate Cancer Survivor, Alcide Hebert

The Louisiana native, Alcide Hebert, discovered he had prostate cancer after his Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels doubled within in a year. The first urologist recommended “the wait and see method” which Alcide didn’t agree with since his PSA numbers had doubled in a year. Alcide was worried his numbers would jump before the next visit…

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5 Common Myths About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in the United States. You can reduce your risk by managing your diet, weight, physical activity and by avoiding tobacco. If it’s found and treated early, the 5-year survival rate for colorectal cancer patients is 90%. As Colorectal Awareness Month comes to an end,…

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Beating Prostate Cancer — Motorcyclist Jerral Waguespack

“Proton therapy was way easier than hernia surgery” After several tests and biopsies, doctors confirmed that Jerral Waguespack had prostate cancer. Without any hesitation, Jerral’s doctor recommended surgery for his prostate cancer. Jerral’s doctor dismissed proton therapy as a form of treatment since he considered it an experimental treatment. After sharing his diagnosis with his…

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NASA Engineer Finally Gets Approved for Proton Therapy Treatment

You or someone you know has probably experienced challenges with a health insurance company such as billing issues, getting a procedure approved or appealing a denial. The latter was the case for NASA engineer Derek Willingham. Insurance denied proton therapy twice, Derek’s mom persisted Derek was not only denied proton therapy once, but twice. With…

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