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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 »

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Finding the Truth

Casey O'Connell, MD, focuses on helping people facing rare diagnoses and forming bonds with her patients during the most trying moments of their lives. Casey O’Connell, MD, was puzzled. For 20 years, her patient had been accumulating unusual and seemingly unrelated medical problems. By the time, she began treating the woman in 2007, O’Connell says ... Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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