Patient Story

Kidney Transplant Rejuvenates a Life and Reconnects Old Friends. Friends since childhood but separated by years and geography, Alan Landros and Blyden Loutensock found each other again in a time of need.

By uclahealth • March 11, 2013

While shooting on location in Australia, Carey Melcher sensed something was wrong. But the 55-year-old Los Angeles-based commercial producer is the first to admit that he responded the way many men in his situation do: by ignoring the problem and hoping it would go away.

By uclahealth • February 4, 2013

Dr. Mark Litwin - Reporter Lance Orozco chronicles his journey with kidney cancer, for which he was treated in 2012 at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. NPR-affiliate KCLU aired a segment about his five-year checkup with Dr. Mark Litwin, chair of urology at UCLA.

By uclahealth • January 23, 2013

David Orthner learned he might have cancer by a fluke. When sending his blood sample to the lab after a routine physical, Orthner’s doctor checked the box for a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement, something not typically done until a patient turns 50.

By uclahealth • October 4, 2012

Eddie Carrillo experienced no symptoms that might have alerted him to his elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. But at a routine physical, Carrillo learned that his PSA was an alarming 4.5; normal is 1.0. Carrillo’s doctor told him it was likely he had prostate cancer, and that his prostate would have to be removed to prevent the cancer from spreading.

By uclahealth • October 4, 2012

Brandie's Story UCLA doctors push medical boundaries to offer patient chance at life At age 32, Brandie Osborne has beaten the odds. The young woman from Compton has dealt with health issues her entire life and faced death more than once. But now, with a new donated heart and kidney transplanted at Ronald Reagan [...]

By uclahealth • August 8, 2012

Neo-bladder Surgery- Just days before his 59th birthday, John Hottinger found specs of blood in his urine. Since he worked for an insurance agency, he asked a friend at work to book him in with an internist. After the tests, he received the phone call from the doctor who told him to come in and bring his wife.

By uclahealth • July 19, 2012

Looking back Adam Schaffer now 50 years old and a proud bladder cancer survivor who was treated at UCLA, reflects on that fateful day five years ago when his then six-year old son kneed him in the groin on Thanksgiving Day.

By uclahealth • July 19, 2012

Neo-bladder Surgery Mark Felling is an aerospace engineer and an avid backpacker. He is healthy, never smoked, works out regularly, but within a week that all changed in July 2008.

By uclahealth • July 19, 2012

Two summers ago just before a trip back to her native country South Africa, Sally Dansey, 57, noticed blood in her urine and she suffered from painful urination.

By uclahealth • July 19, 2012