Patient Stories

Patient Stories


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Breast Cancer Survivor Keum Ja Bae

Breast Cancer Survivor Keum Ja Bae

Diligent about getting annual mammograms, Keum Ja Bae was surprised by her diagnosis of DCIS. Since being treated with lumpectomy and radiation therapy, Keum is cancer-free. 

Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Survivor

Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Survivor

Mike Casey was diagnosed with a very rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia in 2009 at age 65. He’s now in remission thanks to a clinical study.

Two-Time Lymphoma Survivor

Two-Time Lymphoma Survivor

Treated for follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2002, Lisa Verner faced a second, more aggressive lymphoma in 2006 that was treated at SCCA in a clinical trial and ultimately cured with a bone marrow transplant.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

Michael Corn and his wife are avid tandem bicyclists. Fatigue, a cough, and quick weight loss sent him to the doctor, who diagnosed him with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Treated at SCCA, he’s back on his bike.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Survivor

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Survivor

Diagnosed with MDS at a young 45 years old, Joe Grojean beat his disease after two bone marrow transplants at SCCA. Today he is free and clear and getting back to living life and raising his children.

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Richard Braun was 58 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After researching his options for treatment, he chose proton therapy as the best treatment to fit his lifestyle and cure his disease.

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.

Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Survivor

Vickie Grams came to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance after she lost confidence in her doctor for misdiagnosing her inflammatory breast cancer. Treated with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, Vickie has been cancer-free since 2004 and she now gets annual screenings at the SCCA Women’s Wellness Clinic.

Brain Tumor Survivor

Brain Tumor Survivor

When Deirdre Timmons was facing a grim brain tumor diagnosis at age 47, she pursued a second opinion that led her to be treated with proton therapy.

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.