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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011, Dave McFadden initially received treatment in Alaska before coming to SCCA for surgery.
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 Retired firefighter, Matt Flood, was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma. Immunotherapy treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance saved his life.
Born with sickle cell disease, Tola Oriade received a curative bone marrow transplant at age eight and has been disease-free ever since.