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Cancer Care Patient Stories

Let the people we’ve helped inspire you with stories of strength, healing and hope.

When Dan was diagnosed with lung cancer, he decided he wasn’t going to give up. We didn’t either.

After experiencing shortness of breath at work, Dan’s wife brought him to the emergency room. They feared he may be experiencing a heart attack—and were unprepared to learn that he had lung cancer.

Dan turned to St. Vincent Healthcare Frontier Cancer Center and Dr. Marty Lucas. Seeing Dan’s determination, Dr. Lucas fought to have him included in a research trial for a new drug designed to target and shrink his tumor. The treatment worked.

Once given six months to live, he now has a renewed energy and a lifetime of morning walks to look forward to.

Kelli is devoted to taking care of others. We’re devoted to taking care of her.

Kelli is a licensed practical nurse who loves the role she plays in caring for those around her. When she learned she had cancer, her first worry was how she would be able to continue helping others.

Referred to St. Vincent Healthcare Frontier Cancer Center by a friend and colleague, Kelli was impressed by the expertise and genuine care shown by her treatment team. They helped her feel instantly at ease, answered her questions and got her into national drug trials to relieve symptoms associated with head and neck cancer.

Our focus on Kelli means she can focus on the activities—and people—she loves most, including hitting a few of her favorite fishing holes.

Jillian’s regular wellness screening showed something was off. That’s when we knew the fight was on.

A former college athlete and busy wife and mother, Jillian was surprised when fatigue and other symptoms began slowing her down. After treatments for anemia proved unsuccessful, Dr. Patrick Cobb at St. Vincent Healthcare Frontier Cancer Center explored every avenue and reached out to other experts across the country.

Together, they found the answer: Castleman’s Disease, a rare condition that affects the lymphatic system. Once the diagnosis was confirmed, Jillian was placed on a groundbreaking new treatment that makes her feel more like herself again.

Thanks to the Frontier Cancer Center team, Jillian’s back on the go and ready to climb to new heights.

We helped Lori beat cancer. Now she’s back in the swing of things.

Lori discovered a lump in her breast when she was just 37 years old. She called her primary care physician at St. Vincent Healthcare, and was immediately sent for a mammogram and biopsy. Despite having no family history of the disease, tests confirmed the thing she feared: she had breast cancer.

Within weeks she had undergone surgery and was receiving chemotherapy treatments. The support of friends, colleagues and the oncology team at St. Vincent Healthcare Frontier Cancer Center helped her overcome the disease. She’s now been in remission for more than a decade.

Today, Lori is passionate about giving back and helping others fight cancer. She is an active community volunteer and lends her talents to raising awareness of this disease.

 

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