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Stories

A Rewarding Relationship

Patient funds lab of physician she credits with saving her life When Janice Hall was diagnosed at an area hospital with stage IV colon cancer that had metastasized to her liver, doctors said that the only thing she and her husband Robert could do was prepare for her death. Unwilling to accept that advice, they ...   Read More »

Fighting Prostate Cancer

The first time Ken Rakusin ever came across the name, Inderbir Gill, it was in one of the alumni magazines that he gets from USC. His PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level was elevated at the time and the story on Keck Medicine of USC’s top urologist caught his eye. The second time he heard the name was ...   Read More »

A second opinion gives colorectal cancer patient a new lease on life

In the fall of 2007, Jennifer Weir was dropping her daughter off at college in the Bay Area. Weir is a young mom; just 39 years old at the time, she was happily married, had recently re enrolled in college for nursing and spent much of her time involved in her Thousand Oaks community. She was thrilled to be seeing her 17-year-old begin ...   Read More »

Saving Life and Limb

As a teenager, Robert Dobbie loved to surf. The Hermosa Beach, CA, native learned to longboard and boogie board, and along with his friends, he’d enter local surfing competitions to see how he stacked up against other wave-catchers. “It was just going out there and having fun,” says the now 40-year-old father of three. “We ...   Read More »

The Healing Spirit of Troy and Keck Medicine of USC

Homicide detective Russ Enyeart feared radiation treatment following his prostatectomy. His wife had a difficult experience with radiation for breast cancer at another hospital

Surf’s up for brave cancer survivors

Ghecemy Lopez and April Ramirez had part of their youth stolen by life-threatening bouts with cancer. Now they are regaining control of their lives and taking on new adventures, such as surfing for the first time. They caught some tasty waves courtesy of AYA@USC, a program that provides unique services to cancer patients ages 15 ...   Read More »

Blood Disorder Detour

Post-surgical/trauma nurse Sharon Dunn led a quiet, normal life – that is, until, in her mid-60s, she developed a blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). In the three years since her diagnosis, Dunn's life had taken a series of twists and turns, including major transplant surgery. Thankfully, her dedicated hematology team at USC Norris Comprehensive ...   Read More »

Tailored chemotherapy makes the difference for this stage IV rectal cancer patient

When she was diagnosed with a rare form of stage IV rectal cancer, Mary Kay didn’t settle for a second opinion. The first four doctors she saw offered grim prognoses, so she saw a fifth, Heinz-Joseph Lenz, MD, at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Lenz suggested a personalized chemotherapy approach based on research ...   Read More »

Bernard finds the right place for his care

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Vecerek was referred to Dr. Monish Aron, professor of Urology at the USC Institute of Urology. Four months following his robot-assisted prostatectomy at Keck Hospital of USC, Bernard Vecerek is almost back to his normal daily routine. “I instantly felt comfortable with Dr. Aron and he took the time ...   Read More »

A Matter of Trust

The first doctor told Larry Urish he was dehydrated. “Come back in three months,” the doctor said. When his condition didn’t improve, a second doctor told him, “Let’s wait it out.” The third doctor told Urish he had an aggressive tumor in his bladder. Several treatments followed after his August 2012 diagnosis, but Urish felt ...   Read More »