Chemotherapy won’t keep Houston Texans fan from attending football games

When Karen James was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in July 2016, she immediately knew two things. First, she was going to keep working as long as she could. And second, she wasn’t going to let colorectal cancer prevent her from attending any Houston Texans football home games. “I was so excited when they came to Houston in 2002,” says Karen, who bought tickets to three games the first season, then got to see all the games for free the next three years when she worked as a concession stand supervisor at Reliant Stadium. “I finally put my name on the waiting list in 2005, and got season tickets in 2006,” she says. “I haven’t missed a home game since then.” Karen is such a dedicated Texans football fan that she’s organized her chemotherapy treatments at MD Anderson around the team’s home game schedule. She gets the pump hooked up at MD Anderson in Katy every other Friday and goes to games while the chemotherapy is infusing. Then, on Sundays after the games, she comes to MD Anderson’s Texas Medical Center Campus to get it disconnected. A chance colorectal cancer diagnosis Karen’s colorectal cancer was found by chance in June 2016, after she had extensive bloodwork done to get a discount on medical insurance. The tests showed Karen’s LDH levels and liver enzymes were extremely high. Her employer had two different oncologists review the results before calling to tell her to see a doctor right away. “I went to my primary care provider first, and he couldn’t believe it,” she says. “I didn’t have any colorectal cancer symptoms...