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LIVING with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Kimberly Hathorn’s cancer experience has endured for nine years, but she continues to persevere and live life on her own terms. Originally diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2007, Kimberly was in remission until 2011. At that time, her Read More........

Blake LaBran, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

At 28-years-old, cancer wasn’t something Blake LaBran thought about. But after experiencing weight loss, night sweats, lack of appetite and growth of a neck mass, he knew something was seriously wrong with his health. Blake saw his physician and soon Read More........

Clyde Sandifer, Acute Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

When someone hears the words, “You have cancer,” their world immediately changes and every area of their life is impacted. Fortunately, the Cancer Center’s THRIVE survivorship program offers many resources to address the emotional, physical and spiritual challenges patients and Read More........

Colorectal Cancer Rising in Younger People

One of my patients, Barkley Booker, considers every day a gift after being diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer at the age of 37. Today, the mother of two girls ages 14 and 11, is a survivor because she quickly Read More........

Elizabeth Franklin, Stomach Cancer Survivor

After visiting several well-known healthcare facilities in various states and getting the same feedback from all of them, Elizabeth Franklin was told that a cancerous tumor in her stomach was inoperable. She felt helpless and scared and thought she would Read More........

Ruth Portillo, sobreviviente del Cáncer de Seno

Para muchas personas, recibir servicios de salud puede ser una experiencia muy estresante y para los que no hablan Inglés, la experiencia   puede ser aún más desalentadora. Ruth Portillo , quien habla solo español, dice que ella nunca pierde la Read More........

Ruth Portillo, Breast Cancer Survivor

For many people, accessing healthcare services can be a stressful experience and for non-English speakers it can be even more daunting. But Ruth Portillo, who speaks only Spanish, says she never misses an opportunity to tell her family and friends Read More........

Head and Neck Cancer Symptoms Can Mimic Common Problems

New York-native Joe Ferrer was going about his normal daily shaving routine in July 2015 when he noticed a lump on his throat that made him pause. As a spinal cancer survivor, he knew that listening to his gut instinct Read More........

Courage to Fight It

When prostate cancer patient James Morgan talks about his radiation therapy, he recalls the kindness of the staff and the convenience of the treatments. Morgan was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and needed radiation treatments, which were made more comfortable Read More........