Clinical Research Patient Stories

Each of our patients has a unique story and reason why they volunteer for clinical research studies. Learn more about their experiences participating in research and clinical trials here at University Hospitals, and advice they have for those who may or may not be considering volunteering themselves.

Mark Bionci

Mark’s Story

Mark Bionci is Cystic Fibrosis patient who has been participating in clinical trials his entire life. Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Hear about Mark’s...

Pete McVoy

Pete’s Story

Pete McVoy participated in an immunotherapy clinical trial after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, adrenocortical carcinoma, in 2014 and a 12-pound tumor was removed from his kidney. Hear about his experience with clinical research...

Andy Simon flexes his muscles

Andy’s Story

Radiation and chemotherapy treatments were no match for hard-driving Andy Simon, 52, which earned him a nickname in homage to the Man of Steel.

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Sue's Story

During Sue Swiger's second pregnancy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She began treatment days after delivering her daughter. She now is cancer-free, enjoying her children and good health, thanks to treatment at UH Seidman Cancer Center.

David Bajor, MD and George Miller

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.

Patient Stories | Helen Novotney

Helen's Story

Helen Novotney never had a mammogram. But UH physician Marjie Persons, MD, persuaded Helen to have a special kind of mammogram based on Helen's family history -- and saved her life. An aggressive tumor was found near the chest wall.

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Reta's Story

When Reta Ritondaro was diagnosed with lung cancer, average survival for the disease was just 12 to 15 months. Within a few weeks of treatment in a clinical trial, Reta’s tumor was almost gone; four years later, she’s still beating the odds.

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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. Watch how phenomenal treatment options allow Rick to live a normal life.

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Sandy's Story

When Sandy Borrelli had advanced stage metastatic melanoma, the multidisciplinary melanoma team at UH Seidman Cancer Center suggested she enroll in a clinical trial, and her positive attitude and strength of character helped her thrive.