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Patient Stories

A serious health condition may make you feel like you’re all alone. But you’re not. Over the years, many of our patients have shared their stories with us at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance so that we may share them with you.

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Colon Cancer Survivor

Thanks to SCCA, Anita Mitchell's stage IV colon cancer is in remission. She had just turned 41 when she was diagnosed in February 2005. Cancer was in her colon and had metastasized to seven tumors on her liver that were too large and too spread out to remove surgically. 

Colon Cancer Survivor

Colon Cancer Survivor

In a seemingly random set of coincidences, Kay Bartlett’s primary care physician found her colon cancer because of a blood test.

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Colon Cancer Survivor

Moon Wong was completely surprised to learn he had stage IV colon cancer after a routine colonoscopy.

Colorectal Cancer Survivor

Colorectal Cancer Survivor

A triathlete living with an unpredictable gastrointestinal system, Paul Weigel had hip replacement surgery and subsequently learned he had colorectal cancer. He was treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Gallbladder Cancer Survivor

Gallbladder Cancer Survivor

Gallbladder cancer was the last thing Marjorie Sladek thought she would get. But at 56, she was treated with surgery and chemotherapy for just that. Sure that she wouldn’t survive, she quit her job and tried to enjoy life. Three years later, she’s back to work and cancer-free.