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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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Prostate Cancer Survivor

Prostate Cancer Survivor

As an active, healthy, world-traveling photographer, Rob Wilkinson was surprised by rising PSA levels identified during a regular check-up. The eventual diagnosis of prostate cancer was even more upsetting. After receiving a prostatectomy and recovering from the surgery, Rob says he's a better person as a result of his experience with cancer.

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Interviewing close to 100 prostate cancer survivors helped Richard Wright make the decision to have proton therapy treatment after he was diagnosed with stage II prostate cancer in 2008. Now, Richard shares his positive experience with proton therapy with prostate cancer patients all over the country.

Rhabdomyosarcoma Survivor

Rhabdomyosarcoma Survivor

Seven-year-old Sophia was diagnosed with orbital rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare soft tissue sarcoma, behind her right eye. Her family found that proton therapy would be the most effective treatment with the fewest side effects for Sophia.

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Brenda Carr often experienced nagging heartburn but when she realized she was rubbing her upper abdomen after eating, she decided it was time to see a doctor and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of esophageal cancer. Brenda traveled from Alaska to Seattle for her treatment.
Colorectal Cancer Survivor

Colorectal Cancer Survivor

Marty Doggett went in for a colonoscopy and came away with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer. With surgery at UW Medical Center and chemotherapy at SCCA, Marty is making a full recovery.
Kidney Cancer Survivor

Kidney Cancer Survivor

Jeff Cline was an active, healthy guy until blood in his urine sent him to the doctor, where he learned he had kidney cancer. Thanks to treatment at SCCA, Jeff is back to his healthy lifestyle.
Rectal Cancer Survivor

Rectal Cancer Survivor

Tony Sharp received standard treatment for rectal cancer at his local hospital, but when his cancer came back and metastasized to his liver, he turned to SCCA for specialized treatment and simultaneous rectal and liver surgery.
Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Survivor

Rebecca Seago-Coyle set a goal to participate in 12 sporting events in one year. In the midst of achieving that goal, she faced a surprising breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 35. She made her goal and beat cancer thanks to SCCA.
B-Cell Follicular Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

B-Cell Follicular Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

Diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003, retired Judge Mike Heavey was treated locally and then at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He has been in remission ever since.

Cholangiocarcinoma Survivor

Cholangiocarcinoma Survivor

Jim O’Dell was 52 when he went to the emergency room with severe abdominal pain and eventually diagnosed with a rare cancer, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Treated with surgery at UW Medical Center and chemotherapy in his home town, Jim has been in remission since 2010.