After lung cancer, survivor is grateful for Cancer Prevention Center

During the last 16 years, Dian Snowden has sought treatment at MD Anderson for numerous health issues, including thyroid cancer screening and a breast cancer recurrence. But it was a trip to MD Anderson’s Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center in December 2016 that helped spot her lung cancer. “Even though I am 75 years old, I drive four hours to come to MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center because this is where I get the best care,” Dian says. Thyroid nodule leads Dian to MD Anderson Dian first came to MD Anderson in 2001, when a nodule was found on her thyroid. It wasn’t cancer, but it could become cancerous someday. Her local doctors told her to have her thyroid removed. Not wanting to have surgery – and the side effects that come with it — Dian traveled from her hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana, to MD Anderson. Her doctors at MD Anderson decided to monitor Dian’s thyroid instead of removing it. More than 16 years later, she still has her thyroid – and hasn’t developed thyroid cancer. Breast cancer recurrence brings Dian back Then, in 2002, Dian was diagnosed with breast cancer. She decided to have it treated closer to home, and underwent a lumpectomy and radiation therapy there. But she wishes she’d come to MD Anderson. The staff she encountered here seemed more knowledgeable, and the treatment ran more smoothly, she says. Five years later, her breast cancer returned. This time, without hesitation, Dian returned to MD Anderson. “There’s no perfect treatment anywhere, but I trust MD Anderson,” she says. An advocate for her own health Over the years,...