Jessie Quinn is an acute myeloid leukemia (AML) survivor, a mother, wife, scientist—and pioneer. In September 2010, she was the first to participate in a Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) clinical study led by Colleen S. Delaney, MD, that is making cord blood transplants a more effective option for adults.
Margie Sladek has always been physically active and considers herself to be a healthy person. She tries to eat right and exercise regularly. In 2010, at age 56, she had several brief episodes of pain in the upper right quadrant of her abdomen. She thought she might have gallstones and decided to carefully avoid high-fat foods because a diet high in fat increases gallstone risk.
In 1999, Richard Warburton had his prostate removed as treatment for prostate cancer. At that time, his surgeon realized his lymph nodes were enlarged and he was diagnosed with indolent chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).