How MD Anderson exceeded my expectations

When I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November 2017, my first thought was that I had to get to MD Anderson. I’d long been aware of its global reputation, so I knew I would get the best possible treatment there. What I didn’t expect was the care I received along with it — and I mean, from everyone: the doctors, the nurses, the physician assistants, and especially, my radiation oncologist, Dr. Jillian Gunther. My Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis My Hodgkin’s lymphoma symptoms started with what I thought was a common cold. But the cough never really went away, so I kept visiting our family physician and trying out different medications. None of them worked. Eventually, he ordered a chest X-ray. The radiologist saw a mass in my chest, along with fluid around my lungs. My doctor ordered a CT scan. That’s when I learned I had a 6.5-inch tumor around my heart and several enlarged lymph nodes in my neck. My doctor sent me to a pulmonologist to determine next steps. That specialist sent me immediately for a lung biopsy. We waited three long days for the results, but they were inconclusive. My doctor ordered a second biopsy of my lymph nodes. This one came back positive. I had stage III Hodgkin’s lymphoma. My first treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma For me, a cancer diagnosis was really unexpected. I’ve never smoked or drunk alcohol. And I’m a runner who was jogging up to five miles a day, three times a week. So while I was happy to finally have an explanation for why I felt so bad, I was also...