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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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Colon Cancer Survivor

Without any warning signs or symptoms, Barbara Crummins’s diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer (involving part of her liver, and 13 lymph nodes) came as a complete surprise. She is doing great today after being treated at SCCA.

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Colon Cancer Survivor

A few weeks before his annual colonoscopy, Gaetano Boriello began to experience problems and was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer with metastasis to his liver and lymph nodes.

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Testicular Cancer Survivor

Feeling run down, Scott Whitman never expected to be diagnosed with metastatic testicular cancer.

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Cervical Cancer Survivor

As a young mother of two children, a cervical cancer diagnosis was the last thing Emily Wyse ever expected.

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Lung Cancer Survivor

Blind-sided by lung cancer at 48, Janet Burt says, “I never feel like I have to second-guess my treatments or procedures at SCCA. I can with all trust and ease put my life in their hands.”

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Prostate Cancer Survivor

It was after a regular annual exam and PSA that Robert Feutz learned he had prostate cancer.

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Prostate Cancer Survivor

Treated with antibiotics for a misdiagnosed infection, Drew Bouton learned he had prostate cancer and came to SCCA for treatment.

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

Valerie Johnson is a CML survivor whose doctors in Sequim, Washington, worked with SCCA doctors for her treatment as part of SCCA’s Network services.

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Breast Cancer Survivor

Kelly was in her thirties and newly married when she learned she had breast cancer.

Spinal Tumor Survivor

Spinal Tumor Survivor

Albert Lodovici is back on his feet after having the ependymoma in his spine removed at UW Medical Center. Without specialized, delicate surgery, he could have lost important bodily functions or become paralyzed.