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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Gallbladder cancer was the last thing Marjorie Sladek thought she would get. But at 56, she was treated with surgery and chemotherapy for just that. Sure that she wouldn’t survive, she quit her job and tried to enjoy life. Three years later, she’s back to work and cancer-free.
Breast Cancer Survivor Vickie Grams came to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance after she lost confidence in her doctor for misdiagnosing her inflammatory breast cancer. Treated with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, Vickie has been cancer-free since 2004 and she now gets annual screenings at the SCCA Women’s Wellness Clinic.
When Deirdre Timmons was facing a grim brain tumor diagnosis at age 47, she pursued a second opinion that led her to be treated with proton therapy.
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.
After struggling for years with mysterious stomach issues, James Grizzard was diagnosed with colon cancer and treated with chemotherapy at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.