Cancer

Surprise Christmas Visit

January 3, 2020

Surprise Christmas Visit

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I was happy to see everybody in uniform. I saw the Chief from the Fire Department and got to talk to him,” grins 20-year-old Juan Jose Torres, a patient at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica who received some surprise visitors. “I had a tumor of 14 centimeters on my left shoulder, where my humerus had […]

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Tags: chemotherapy, featured, osteosarcoma, Santa Monica Fire Department, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


Warrior Skye

December 12, 2019

Warrior Skye

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Skye is a Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, or JMML pediatric cancer survivor,” reveals Talia Savren-McCormick, mother to four-year-old Skye Savren-McCormick.

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Tags: blood cancer, bone marrow transplant, featured, JMML, juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, pediatric cancer


Father and Daughter Shared Cancer Journey Ends at Dodger Stadium

December 7, 2019

Father and Daughter Shared Cancer Journey Ends at Dodger Stadium

By Jane Murcia with Photos from Nick Carranza Jane Murcia with Photos from Nick Carranza

When Luis Diaz was diagnosed with leukemia at age 16, he never imagined that his daughter would face a similar battle more than a decade later. Luis’ daughter, Jazmine, then age 2, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. Luis […]

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Tags: featured, pediatric cancer, pediatrics, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Nurses visit Capitol Hill to advocate for bills to improve health care for people with cancer

December 3, 2019

Nurses visit Capitol Hill to advocate for bills to improve health care for people with cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

Two hematology and oncology nurses from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center traveled to Capitol Hill this summer to advocate for several bills intended to improve health care services for people with cancer. Michelle Santizo, RN, PHN, MSN, and Samara Lucas, BSN, RN, met with staff members at the offices of California senators Kamala Harris and […]

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Tags: Advocacy, hematology, oncology, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


41 Years Later, Still Cancer Free

November 27, 2019

41 Years Later, Still Cancer Free

By uclahealth uclahealth

“It’s been 41 years since my transplant,” recalls 74-year-old John Frey, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was 31-years-old. John shared his medical journey during the Celebration of Life 50th Anniversary. “I was stage 4B at the time, and we hoped chemotherapy would be enough to put me in remission, but I got […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy, featured, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, transplant


Breast Cancer Scare

November 27, 2019

Breast Cancer Scare

By uclahealth uclahealth

“In January, I found a lump in one of my breasts,” recalls 22-year-old Summer Mendell, whose doctor advised her to get a lumpectomy. “I was in surgery one week later. I was working full time and in school, so I had to put everything on hold. It was scary. I don’t know anybody else who […]

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Tags: featured, lumpectomy, patient stories


November 19, 2019

MTC Survivor

By A day that is embedded in my mind forever A day that is embedded in my mind forever

On the day before my daughter’s 14th birthday, I’m visiting with my parents when I get a phone call from my doctor’s nurse. “Hi Hope. What’s up?” I had no worries, for I just had my biopsy a few days prior on my thyroid, and the doctor doing the procedure assured me that the tissue […]

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Tags: calcitonin, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrinologist, medullary thyroid cancer, papillary or follicular thyroid cancer, papillary thyroid cancer, patient stories, thyroid cancer, UCLA Endocrine Center


November 13, 2019

UCLA Health continues to transform cancer care

By uclahealth uclahealth

In the late 1960s, a group of scientists and volunteers at UCLA came together to develop a cancer center they hoped would become renowned for excellence in research, education and patient care. Today, UCLA Health’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) has established an international reputation for providing the best in leading-edge and traditional cancer treatments […]

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Tags: advanced lung cancer, breast cancer, CAR T cell therapy, Dr. Antoni Ribas, Dr. Arie Bellgedrun, Dr. Dennis Slamon, Dr. Edward Garon, Dr. Richard Finn, Dr. Sara Hurvitz, HER2-positive, HER2+, Herceptin


Raising Ovarian Cancer Awareness

October 30, 2019

Raising Ovarian Cancer Awareness

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I founded the Ovarian Cancer Circle to honor the memory of my daughter, Robin Babbini, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 17,” recounts Paulinda Schimmel Babbini, who was honored by City Hall for the work she and the Ovarian Cancer Circle do, partnered with UCLA Health, to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. “She suffered […]

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Tags: cancer research, Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, featured, Ovarian Cancer, Ovarian Cancer Circle/Inspired by Robin Babbini


Took My Care to Another Level

October 24, 2019

Took My Care to Another Level

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I went in for my annual mammogram, and they saw a calcification,” recalls Marjan Shokri, who was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. She chose the UCLA Breast Center, Santa Monica for treatment. “I had two biopsies because the MRI showed one more calcium deposit closer to my nipple. The options were to keep going into […]

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Tags: breast cancer, breast cancer screening, breast health, cancer, cancer screening, Dr. Amy Kusske, featured, lumpectomy, mastectomy, UCLA Breast Center Santa Monica