Items Tagged ‘Dr. Maie St. John’

February 4, 2020

I was so afraid ….

By Frances6000 Frances6000

I was looking in the mirror today and I can’t believe it’s been exactly one month since my parotid surgery at UCLA with Dr. Maie St John. I am healing so well that the scars are barely visible. None of it would be possible without the skillful hands of Dr St John who took great […]

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Tags: Dr. Maie St. John, parotid surgery, patient stories

September 27, 2019

My journey that led me to Dr. St. John and the UCLA Head & Neck Center

By Cory Cory

Seven years ago, I noticed a small lump at the back of my throat. At a dentist appointment, I asked about it, and was sent to an ENT. The ENT sent me to have an MRI, and following that, I was sent to a surgeon at UCLA to discuss. At that time, I was told […]

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Tags: Dr. David Rapkin, Dr. Maie St. John, Mind-Body group, parapharyngeal tumor, patient stories

September 19, 2018

Thanks from Afar!

By Libby Libby

Dr. St. John is the rare type of surgeon who possesses both exceptional skill in the operating room and an extraordinary capacity for empathy and kindness beyond it. When we talked, she truly listened, and her entire team treated me with kindness and respect. When I was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer treatment, Dr. Maie St. John, head & neck surgery, patient stories, surgeon

Lump on the neck

August 24, 2018

Lump on the neck

By Nicole15 Nicole15

It was on the second week of June 2018 when I noticed a lump on the left side of my face between my ear and jaw as I was brushing my hair into a pony tail in front of the mirror. I immediately inform my parents about it. My Mom, a breast cancer survivor after […]

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Tags: anesthesiologist, breast cancer, Dr. A. Shawn Veiseh, Dr. Akira Ishiyama, Dr. Maie St. John, Dr. Vishad Nabili, featured, patient stories, tumor, UCLA Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCLA Head and Neck

A New Hope

June 22, 2018

A New Hope

By BobM BobM

Before coming to UCLA, I was diagnosed with advanced stage cancer of the base of tongue with lymph node involvement. I was treated with chemo and radiation locally in the Palm Desert area. The initial post treatment PET scan showed residual/persistent cancer in the tongue and a lymph node. I was told to seek a […]

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Tags: advanced stage cancer, chemo, Dr. Maie St. John, featured, head and neck cancer, hospice, lymph node, patient stories, PET scan, radiation, reconstructive surgeon, surgery

April 13, 2018

Metastatic kidney cancer to the neck

By P P

On March of 2017 I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive kidney cancer (collecting duct carcinoma) that had metastasized to my neck through my lymphatic system. I was diagnosed at UCLA after leaving city of Hope, where I was originally misdiagnosed in June 2016 (was told it was a kidney cyst). I started an […]

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Tags: CT scan, double chemo therapies, Dr. Alexandra Drakaki, Dr. Amar Kishan, Dr. Karim Chamie, Dr. Maie St. John, enlarged lymph node, immunotherapy treatment, kidney cancer, kidney cyst, kidney surgery, lymphatic system


February 22, 2017


By john12 john12

My story begins with other physicians advising me that the UCLA Head & Neck Surgery Department was the only place to receive comprehensive treatment for my head and neck related invasive skin cancer. Following that advice, I began a journey with the UCLA Medical Center that not only included the Head and Neck Surgery Department, […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer treatment, compassionate care, Dr. Maie St. John, head and neck cancer, head and neck surgery, maxillofacial prosthetics, patient stories, skin cancer, UCLA Head and Neck Surgery Department

July 7, 2016

Caring, Competence and Teamwork produced Good Results

By berniehamilton berniehamilton

Caring, Competence, Teamwork and Good Results My dermatologist told me the biopsy indicated that the growth located on my face between my left ear and eye was Melanoma. He referred me to Dr. Fritz Eilber at UCLA, whom I met the day after Christmas. He reviewed the specifics of my case and told me that […]

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Tags: cancer, dermatology, Dr. Fritz Eilber, Dr. Maie St. John, Dr. Vishad Nabili, geriatrics, hematology, melanoma, oncology, patient stories, reconstruction

Above and beyond in every way

June 6, 2016

Above and beyond in every way

By Anonymous-98352 Anonymous-98352

For my entire life I’ve been the epitome of healthy, fortunate enough to not even so much as get a cold for the past 10 years. Shortly after turning 30, I had a growth on my tongue that I couldn’t get rid of. After seeing my dentist and having it biopsied, it was determined that […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer survivorship, Dr. Maie St. John, patient stories, tongue cancer

April 27, 2016

Excellent Caring Doctors

By rappvio rappvio

In 2015 my husband was diagnosed with radiation induced sarcoma. The tumor was in an area that would require massive reconstruction of his face/jaw. Needless to say, we were very scared but not having the surgery was not an option. We were referred to UCLA for treatment. We met Dr. Blackwell (reconstruction) who was very […]

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Tags: Dr. Maie St. John, Dr.Keith Blackwell, patient stories, radiation induced sarcoma, sarcoma