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?
Ryan Anthony has always spoken through his trumpet. Then, suddenly, his trumpet was telling him that something was wrong. Anthony, a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra whose musical skills have taken him around the world, was getting chest and back pains when he performed. “That brought me in to the doctor,” Anthony said. “It … Continue reading Trumpet player striking ‘blows’ against blood cancer
Normally, the immune system protects the body from diseases by recognizing foreign attackers and combatting them. But sometimes, the immune system doesn’t function properly, allowing conditions to worsen, and sometimes the immune system malfunctions and attack a person’s own body. In these cases, immunotherapy can help harness the power of your own immune system, acting as the armor, support and … Continue reading Why immunotherapy is the next frontier for treating disease
Cancer is a master of disguise. Normally, our immune systems can quickly destroy abnormal cells. But tumors are tricky — they are able to confuse the attacking immune cells, or hide altogether. “When the immune system recognizes a cancer cell, there is no doubt it will kill that cell,” said Carlos Becerra, MD, medical director … Continue reading Dendritic cell vaccines could revolutionize care for pancreatic cancer