Patient Stories

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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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.

Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Survivor

Diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in situ at age 29, Ashley Walker took an aggressive approach to treatment with a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. 

Rectal Cancer Survivor

Rectal Cancer Survivor

Jeremy Lamb ignored symptoms for months until a colonoscopy revealed rectal cancer. Treated at SCCA on a clinical study of FOLFOX, surgery, and more FOLFOX, he is doing great.

Kidney Cancer Survivor

Kidney Cancer Survivor

Diagnosed with stage IV clear cell carcinoma in 2007, Richard Catlett is alive and well after a series of treatments, including a clinical study with nivolumab, an immunotherapy, at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Liver Cancer Survivor

Liver Cancer Survivor

After transfusions following a near-fatal car accident, Bill Zehner developed hepatitis C and then liver cancer. He received lifesaving treatment, including a liver transplant, at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and University of Washington Medical Center.