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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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Lung Cancer Survivor

Lung Cancer Survivor

A lung cancer survivor since 2004, Cecilia Izzo channels her energy into activism, starting lung cancer patient support groups, and advocating on the state and national level for lung cancer awareness.

Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Survivor

Bridget Clawson lost her husband to pancreatic cancer and was diagnosed with breast cancer all in the same week. Thanks to SCCA, she is healthy, strong, and living a new life; one without cancer.
Bladder Cancer Survivor

Bladder Cancer Survivor

Steve Baker was diagnosed with a rare bladder cancer and was successfully treated at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with chemotherapy and surgery.

Colon Cancer Survivor

Colon Cancer Survivor

Philip Siers was diagnosed with  stage IV colon cancer with liver metastasis at age 55. Treated at SCCA, he is doing just fine, but wishes he'd gotten his first colonoscopy at a younger age. 
Colon Cancer Survivor

Colon Cancer Survivor

Faced with stage IV colon cancer, Cathy Sutton is optimistic about her future, now that she is receiving treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
B-Cell Follicular non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

B-Cell Follicular non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

Deborah Przekop’s yearly screening mammogram revealed enlarged lymph nodes under Deb’s arms. Under the care of SCCA, Deb is living a normal life with B-cell follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

Robert Lowe ignored the dull ache in his abdomen for three months before seeking medical attention. His diagnosis was pancreas cancer. He's a survivor thanks to SCCA.

Colon Cancer Survivor

Colon Cancer Survivor

Mono Coyle seemed too young for cancer, but her symptoms were troubling. Treated for colon cancer once, she came to SCCA when her cancer recurred. She has been cancer-free ever since.
Sarcoma Survivor, AML Survivor, BMT Recipient

Sarcoma Survivor, AML Survivor, BMT Recipient

Diagnosed at 34 with osteogenic sarcoma and then two years later with acute myeloid leukemia, Ben Doherty is in remission from both cancers after receiving chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. 

Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Jane Van Voorst was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 54. With stage IIIC disease and a 10 percent chance of being alive in five years, Jane had surgery and chemotherapy at SCCA in 2007. She has been in remission ever since.