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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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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.

Colon Cancer Survivor

Colon Cancer Survivor

After struggling for years with mysterious stomach issues, James Grizzard was diagnosed with colon cancer and treated with chemotherapy at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Breast Cancer “Previvor”

Breast Cancer “Previvor”

After learning in 2012 that she inherited a BRCA1 gene mutation from her mother, Eva Moon visited SCCA’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program and opted for a prophylactic hysterectomy and double mastectomy to reduce her cancer risk. 

Rhabdomyosarcoma Survivor

Rhabdomyosarcoma Survivor

You’d never know from Garrett Clarke’s buoyancy and brightness that he battled a rare and rapidly growing soft-tissue cancer at age 6. He was successfully treated for rhabdomyosarcoma at Seattle Children’s and SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center.

Anal Cancer Survivor

Anal Cancer Survivor

A single mother taking care of her daughter and aging father, the last thing Hyla Dobaj needed was a diagnosis of anal cancer. Thanks to SCCA, her cancer is in remission, and Hyla is back to being a mom.

Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

Stan Barer has been deep in the woods with three separate cancer diagnoses over the last two decades. Most recently he was treated at SCCA for pancreatic cancer. We are very fortunate to have SCCA and the Hutch here in Seattle,” he said.

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

When bruises she sustained in a tennis match didn’t go away, Larissa Dhanani went to see her doctor, which led to tests that confirmed she had chronic myeloid leukemia. After a bone marrow transplant at SCCA, she’s back to work and supporting cancer research.

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

With a family history of stomach cancer and a personal history of gastroesophageal reflux disease, 67-year-old Larry Pape was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which was successfully treated at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Dual Diagnosis: Father and Daughter Share Treatment Journeys

Dual Diagnosis: Father and Daughter Share Treatment Journeys

Sean Cryan carries a genetic mutation that often leads to acute myeloid leukemia--a diagnosis his young daughter received in 2010. He was diagnosed and treated for myelodysplastic syndrome in 2012.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma & MDS Survivor

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma & MDS Survivor

Debbie Bridge has undergone stem cell transplantation twice and finds her religious faith a source of strength while dealing with her diagnosis, treatments, and side effects.