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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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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Survivor

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Survivor

When neurosurgeon Oktar Babuna needed a bone marrow transplant for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, he traveled to SCCA from his home in Turkey. 

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Survivor

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Survivor

I can’t get over the fabulous treatment I got at SCCA and UW Medical Center," says Merkel cell carcinoma survivor Milton Cohen. "From the nurses to the doctors, I’m just blown away."

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Steve Fleischmann was just 47 when he learned he had prostate cancer during a regular annual check-up.

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Prostate Cancer Survivor

Thanks to diligently getting annual physicals, Mike McKelheer learned of his prostate cancer before it was out of hand.

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Prostate Cancer Survivor

When John Booth was 68 years old, he was “chased to the doctor by my wife,” he says. “If I had waited another year, I probably wouldn’t be around now."

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Dedicated to getting annual exams since turning 40, Tabb Morgan was alarmed when his PSA results rose to 5.6 ng/mL.

Sarcoma Survivor

Sarcoma Survivor

Becky's joyous smile is an outward sign of the strong, self-assured woman she became during the fight with sarcoma that began when she was only 17.

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Sarcoma Survivor

Warren won the Alaska state racquetball championship in April 2005 against men in all age brackets, despite numerous extensive surgeries to remove tissue from his upper right thigh. Bailey has leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that begins in smooth muscle.

Thyroid Cancer Survivor

Thyroid Cancer Survivor

Lani Mills, pictured here with her daughter Stevie, was in her late 30s when she noticed her neck was swelling just under her chin.

Testicular Cancer Survivor

Testicular Cancer Survivor

Doug Rettko’s positive attitude has helped him continue to enjoy his life despite serious health challenges and testicular cancer.