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 SCCA so that we may share them with you.
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It’s understandable that Alyson Looney doesn’t remember the worst time of her life. After all, she was just 8 months old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Twenty years later, her mother, Leanne Looney, still gets emotional thinking about what Alyson endured: months of chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant at Seattle Children’s Hospital under the care of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) physicians.
When Brynn Kemper found out at age 29 that she had breast cancer, she felt like she was the youngest person ever diagnosed with the disease. She ate healthy, worked out every day and had no family history. Still, when she felt a lump while showering in 2016, she was concerned enough to schedule an appointment with her doctor.
When John Nowoj was diagnosed with locally advanced pancreatic cancer in August 2019, he was told the cancer was inoperable. Nowoj, 57, began pursuing his only treatment option: chemotherapy to be followed by radiation, which could shrink but not eradicate the tumor. Then an unexpected development completely changed the outlook.
Beverly “Sunshine” Pegues dons her helmet, adjusts her gloves, swings her leg over her saddle and rides into the early dawn sunshine in Seattle. Birdsong punctuates the hushed morning sounds. Her bicycle tires crunch along the sandy road. Riding strong and confident, she picks up speed. She is on the road, training for Obliteride, an annual 25-to-100-mile fundraiser for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch).
Research has given me my life back. I have always felt that for someone like me — considered incurable — to get a miracle with modern medicine, it would come in the form of participating in a clinical trial. To beat the odds, I would have to do something different.
Marc Mutz sits comfortably in the patient lounge of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s (SCCA) Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), receiving his 75th dose of nivolumab. One of the newest immunotherapy drugs available, it has helped keep his metastatic renal cell cancer in check for three years.
My name is Redentor “Denny” Partosa. I am 66 years old and live in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle. I was first diagnosed with cancer in January 2016.
He rides with purpose. Along the rural stretches of Snoqualmie Valley, David Dunnington rides for hours and miles in his steadfast determination to make inroads against cancer. “When I'm riding my bike, I’m thinking—I’m back. I think about what it feels like — the wind in my face. I feel how lucky I am to have gotten to this place. I just feel very grateful.”
Watching snowboarding videos took Robert Steiner's mind off his diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
When a synchronized swimmer was diagnosed with bladder cancer and told she'd have to give up swimming, she came to SCCA to explore her options. She's now back in the pool.