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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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Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Survivor

Rosanne Gialanella had a breast cancer recurrence five years after her first diagnosis. Treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, she was inspired to conquer her disease by the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

Diagnosed in 2005 with chronic phase CML, Ron Robbecke came to SCCA for treatment that normalized his blood counts within two months.

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Diagnosed with stage 0-I esophageal cancer in 2006, Mark Ragolia traveled from Massachusetts to Seattle for his treatment. Now he supports other patients facing surgery for this disease.
Bladder Cancer Survivor

Bladder Cancer Survivor

Bret Farrar, Chief of the Lakewood Police Department, was diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer in May 2010. He was referred to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for chemotherapy and surgery and is now cancer-free.

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011, Dave McFadden initially received treatment in Alaska before coming to SCCA for surgery.
Prostate Cancer Survivor

Prostate Cancer Survivor

After considering multiple alternatives for treating his prostate cancer, Pat Purcell decided on proton therapy. One year after his diagnosis and just six months after he finished proton therapy, Pat competed in his first Iron Man triathlon.

Melanoma Survivor

Melanoma Survivor

Retired firefighter, Matt Flood, was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma. Immunotherapy treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance saved his life.
Sickle Cell Disease Survivor

Sickle Cell Disease Survivor

Born with sickle cell disease, Tola Oriade received a curative bone marrow transplant at age eight and has been disease-free ever since.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

Cord blood transplant recipient and pioneer, Jessie Quinn received this lifesaving treatment at SCCA as part of a clinical study in 2010.

Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Survivor

Pat Norikane Logerwell researched several cancer centers to receive treatment at for breast cancer. She chose Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and couldn't have asked for better care.