Providing whole-person care to cancer patients includes culturally competent mental health services
'Thanks to God, I have a life to live now,’ says Osama Alharbi
An endoscopic procedure performed by UCLA Health’s Dr. Alireza Sedarat gave Lavario the ability to eat and drink normally again.
“I could not swallow for a year and a half,” recalls MaryAnn Levario.
Levario came to UCLA Health after a failed surgery for achalasia left her unable to eat or drink. “I had [...]
Claude Lagardere thought the pain in his throat was from something he had to eat.
“I thought it was from a taco I’d eaten a few days before, but the hurt wouldn’t go away,” recalls Lagardere, 78, of his experience in 2018. “I was referred to UCLA Health gastroenterologist Dr. [...]
“My dad was 54 years old when he passed away,” says Porchia Toussaint, who was 31 when she learned her dad had stage 4 colon cancer. “His doctor told my brother and I that because we were his kids, we needed to get follow-up colonoscopies. I had no idea what [...]
“My new primary care physician was shocked that I hadn’t had a colonoscopy yet,” says 62-year-old James Weatherall, who chose UCLA Health for his medical care after moving to Los Angeles.
“I went in for my colonoscopy expecting nothing, but came out of it with a tumor,” he says. “My whole [...]
“I was 35 years old when I started seeing some blood in my stool,” says Cameron Kalunian, whose primary care physician sent Cameron to a gastroenterologist to determine the cause. “They performed a sigmoidoscopy, which is a less invasive test than a colonoscopy. They found a large tumor at my [...]