Patient Stories

Patient Stories | Alaina Koplow

Alaina's Story

Young Mother of 3 Fights Stage IV Breast Cancer with the Help and Support of her UH Family Alaina Koplow had twin 3-year-olds and a 1-year-old daughter when the recently breastfeeding mother learned she was in Stage IV of a rare form of breast...

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Patient Story - Andy Simon

Andy's Story

Brain Tumor Patient Transforms into ‘Superman’ with the Help of a Clinical Trial Andy Simon’s admirers started calling the indomitable brain cancer patient “Superman” even before they knew how remarkably well his body and spirit responded to a...

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Ashley's Story

As a young mother of two, Ashley was diagnosed with brain tumor that incapacitated her. After receiving a combination of proton therapy, surgery and chemotherapy, Ashley’s life has returned to normal.

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Bill's Story

Bills Story

Rock On: Brain Cancer Survivor Maps Course for Life without Cancer A baby in a Pearl Jam onesie and a message from her father, a brain cancer survivor, struck a chord with Eddie Vedder and his band. The 2017 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of...

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Patient Stories | Bobbie Cather

Bobbie's Story

Care Beyond Cancer: Going the Distance An 80-mile commute for cancer treatment made no difference to Bobbie Cather. Diagnosed with breast cancer involving her lymph nodes, the Youngstown resident asked her family physician for a referral to...

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Patient Stories | Frank Benkalowycz

Frank's Story

Life after Prostate Cancer: Living in the Present Moment University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Gives Patient Frank Benkalowycz a New Beginning When Frank Benkalowycz answered the telephone in September 2008, he received some unexpected and...

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George's Story

When 63-year-old George Miller experienced a 30 pound weight loss over a short period of time along with other severe symptoms, he knew something was wrong. Tests confirmed pancreatic cancer and George turned to University Hospitals for help.

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Patient Stories | Helen Novotney

Helen's Story

A Life-Saving Mammogram Using the Latest Technology Helen Novotney had never had a screening mammogram because she always felt healthy. That changed in late 2012, as she helped her aunt navigate her own breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. While...

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Jane's Story

Jane's Story

14-Year-old Proton Therapy Patient Gets to Attend Grammys   A beaming Bay Village teenager enjoyed a backstage experience at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, posing for pictures with celebrity recording artists Adele, Katy Perry and Chance...

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Reta's Story

A Clinical Trial Gives Lung Cancer Patient New Hope When Reta Ritondaro was diagnosed with lung cancer, the average survival for the disease was just 12 to 15 months. So when her doctor offered her the opportunity to participate in a clinical...

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Rick's Story

When a broken arm revealed cancer in his bone marrow, Rick Karges came to University Hospitals - a pioneer in this field. Frequent advances in cancer treatment give patients like Rick hope as he lives a full life every day. Watch how...

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Sandy's Story

Woman with Stage IV Melanoma Beats the Odds with Help of UH Seidman Cancer Center Team With just a 5 percent survival rate for stage IV metastatic melanoma, cancer survivor Sandy Borrelli shares her story about how she beat the odds. Sandy turned...

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Patient Stories | Stepha Carly

Stepha's Story

Ukrainian Immigrant and Cancer Survivor Speaks Universal Language Ukrainian immigrant Stepha Lyuta firmly believes that coming to the U.S. - and finding University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center - saved her life. The 83-year-old Parma woman was...

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Sue's Story

Breast Cancer Survivor Reflects on Life-Saving Treatment After Delivering Baby Sue Swiger's second pregnancy was tinged with anxiety. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatment days after delivering her daughter, Audrey. After...

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Patient Stories | Terri's Story

Terri's Story

Marathon Runner Focuses on the Finish Line During Cancer Treatment Never underestimate the importance of a routine physical. Terri Schoenholz was just 50 when, as the year came to a close, she realized she had not yet had her annual physical....

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