Cancer

Mom, in Touch

Jun 22, 2018 By Abby Johnston

My mom’s handwritten notes were an abiding feature of my childhood. They offered wisdom, encouragement, and comfort—and they continued to arrive long after her death.

The Iconoclast

Oct 19, 2016 By Eric Benson

Jim Allison has always gone his own way—as a small-town-Texas kid who preferred books to football, and as a young scientist who believed the immune system could treat tumors when few others did. And that irreverence led him to find a potential cure for cancer.

The Race of His Life

Jan 20, 2013 By Jim Atkinson

When a world-class athlete like Austin’s Lance Armstrong gets cancer, it’s a shock—for him, and for every man who has ever considered himself invincible.

Get on Board

Jan 20, 2013 By Vi-An Nguyen

Michael Hall talks about researching acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), walking the halls of Texas Children’s Hospital, and interviewing the parents of a remarkable skater kid who died.

About a Boy

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

The short life and tragic death of Johnny Romano, the youngest professional skateboarder ever.

Nothing To It

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

Bolstered by his favorite phrase, my son Mark faced life with grace, dignity, and good humor. I knew he’d face death the same way.

Cell! Cell! Cell!

Aug 31, 2012 By Karen Blumenthal

As cancer hospitals in Dallas try to compete with Houston’s M.D. Anderson, the medical technology arms race is heating up. Is that good news for patients?

Outside versus Lance Armstrong

Jan 15, 2012 By Jason Cohen

Instead of recycling tired rumors about Lance cheating, Outside's Bill Gifford peers into Livestrong's mission, budget, and commercial partnerships. 

A Strike Against You

Feb 1, 1999 By Jim Atkinson

If your family has a history of cancer, are you doomed? Even though many of his relatives—including his famous father—succumbed to the disease, Mickey Mantle, Jr., didn’t think so. Then he got sick.

Cancer Patience

Jan 1, 1997 By Helen Thorpe

To perfect a promising new gene therapy, doctors at Houston’s M. D. Anderson need time. Unfortunately, that’s one thing people with malignant brain tumors don’t have.

Refinery Woe

Apr 30, 1995 By Skip Hollandsworth

Citizens groups in Corpus Christi blame pollution for high cance rates—but they must prove it.