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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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Glioblastoma Survivor

Diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme at age 29 could have stopped Jairo Vanegas in his tracks forever, but after treatment at SCCA, he is now healthy and enjoying fatherhood.

Cervical Cancer Survivor

Cervical Cancer Survivor

Elizabeth looks back on the year she spent battling cervical cancer and says, “It was the shortest, longest year of my life.”

Endometrial Cancer Survivor

Endometrial Cancer Survivor

When Sonja was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, she came to SCCA for treatment. “My surgery experience at UW Medical Center was great,” Sonja says. “Dr. Barbara Goff is one of the nation’s leading gynecologic oncologists. We are so lucky to have her in Seattle.”

Endometrial Cancer Survivor

Endometrial Cancer Survivor

When people ask Barbara Connelly if she’s ever had cancer, she has to stop and think. “Oh yes, I did have cancer … for a week,” she says.

Anal Cancer Survivor

Anal Cancer Survivor

Having beat the odds by surviving a very rare cancer, Wan-li Wong may want to buy himself a lottery ticket.

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Colon Cancer Survivor

Thanks to SCCA, Anita Mitchell's stage IV colon cancer is in remission. She had just turned 41 when she was diagnosed in February 2005. Cancer was in her colon and had metastasized to seven tumors on her liver that were too large and too spread out to remove surgically. 

Colon Cancer Survivor

Colon Cancer Survivor

In a seemingly random set of coincidences, Kay Bartlett’s primary care physician found her colon cancer because of a blood test.

Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Ovarian Cancer Survivor

"I'm blessed," Suzanne says, "I'm one of the survivors. But it came from finding the right person for surgery and for treatment."

Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Ovarian Cancer Survivor

A sad irony of Kim Sheldon's successful battle with ovarian cancer is that her mother--who cared for her during treatment--unknowingly had the very same disease at the time.

Head and Neck Cancer Survivor

Head and Neck Cancer Survivor

A former competitive swimmer, Dale Cosgrove always demanded the best from himself. When he was diagnosed with tongue cancer, he demanded the best medical care and found it at UW Medical Center.