What should have been a normal PSAT for 16-year-old Kenzie Kelley turned out to be much more — a persistent nosebleed during the test would be her first sign of leukemia. “They brought me to the nurse’s office and my nose was still bleeding,” Kenzie said. Nothing would stop the bleeding. That’s when she began … Continue reading How one teen is beating cancer odds and achieving her dream
When 36-year-old Paola Gerber found a lump in her breast, she was terrified. Knowing she had a family history of breast cancer at a young age, she automatically assumed the worst. “I have three women in my family who were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40,” she said. Paola thought she was … Continue reading Fearless in the face of breast cancer
Allison Field dreams of a cancer-free world. That’s why she’s doing her part to support cancer research by swimming for the cause with Swim Across America. She draws inspiration and courage from her foster daughter, Deanna Stearn. Deanna came to live with Allison and her then husband when she was 16 years old. She and … Continue reading Foster daughter inspires triathlete to swim for cancer research
The first time I swam with Swim Across America was in June 2014. I really didn’t know what Swim Across America was about other than fundraising for cancer research. But I had some friends swimming, and my sister Sarah had just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I had no idea how important this cause would … Continue reading Together, sisters fight rare thyroid cancer
Pancreatic cancer is among the most deadly malignancies, yet we have few ways to detect it. Disease symptoms typically don’t appear until very late stages. Of the 53,000 men and women who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, only about 7 percent of them will live past 2022. What if we could detect … Continue reading A yearly blood test could detect pancreatic cancer
How many of us have found a rash or discoloration on our skin and wondered what it was? Before going to a doctor, did you Google it, or maybe compare it to other images online? That’s what Jennifer Cordts did. A small rash on her breast had her curious and searching the web for answers. … Continue reading This woman’s small rash turned out to be a rare form of cancer
In the fall of 2012, eight years after I joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that is treatable, but not yet curable. Some specialists we saw gave me two to three years, but Brian Berryman, MD, an oncologist on the medical staff … Continue reading Taking the stage to share my cancer story, because Cancer Blows!
My dad was a hardworking man with a servant heart for helping others. He was the oldest of three kids and had a bit of a mischievous side. He enjoyed rebuilding cars and loved to fly his model airplanes. We used to play pranks on each other, hiding plastic snakes under the bed covers. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Caring for a parent with cancer
As most of us know, obesity is linked to chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. But that’s not all. Studies have found that excess weight can be linked to many other harmful health issues, as well. Here are the four leading health issues that can develop as a result of obesity and how they … Continue reading Obesity and its harmful side effects
Patients often ask me whether taking birth control pills can increase the risk of getting cancer. A new study sheds more light on the answer, revealing that women who take oral contraception might be protected against some cancers for decades. Since the medication contains female hormones, researchers have been interested in determining whether there is … Continue reading Can birth control lower your risk of certain cancers?