When Colon Cancer Threw Dona a Curve Ball, Her MD Anderson Cooper Team Hit It out of the Park

Dona knew something wasn’t right for a while. After a colonoscopy at the Cooper Digestive Health Institute—part of MD Anderson Cooper — she learned she had colon cancer. With the support of her husband Pete and two teenaged children, she went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment with little interruption to her daily routine. Today, back to work full-time and coaching her daughter’s softball team, Dona considers herself lucky to have found her team at MD Anderson Cooper who worked seamlessly to get her back to health and the pleasures of everyday life.

Brandi’s Story: Heart’s Electrical Problem Gives Runner Pause

For 41 year old athletic trainer Brandi Docket, running was a way of life. From starting as a hobby to becoming a way to lose weight after giving birth to her children, it gave her a sense of accomplishment. A couple of years ago, however, Brandi started experiencing what she calls “episodes,” where she became heavy in the chest, dizzy and light headed. The episodes would only last a few minutes, but they were concerning for her and her doctor. She was referred to the Cooper Heart Institute for testing.

Hortense Brignola: “Cooper Saved My Life – Twice!”

Bariatric Screening Detected Lung Cancer Hortense Brignola couldn’t walk 50 feet to her mailbox without getting out of breath. She couldn’t tie her shoes, reach down to pet her dog or help family during celebrations because of her obesity. After months of staring at the brochure about the Cooper Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, … [Read more…]

TAVR at Cooper: A minimally invasive way to heal the heart

William Pinto had been in and out of hospitals for over a year for various ailments that included pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs due to heart failure). He was unable to sleep lying down. His limbs were swollen and he was more and more short of breath. He was also dependent on oxygen 24 hours a day and on his family to take care of him.

Melvin’s Story: The Smallest Grip, The Biggest Heart

Melvin was born at Cooper nine weeks premature, weighing only 2.9 pounds. He spent his first few weeks of life under the watchful eyes of the staff in Cooper’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. To show his gratitude for the exceptional care he received at Cooper, Melvin, now a healthy teenager, collects pennies each year to … [Read more…]