Jack’s Cancer Journey

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Jack, a 63-year-old, has been living with mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen, since 2008. After being treated with chemotherapy and radiation for a year, Jack came to Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, Tenn., to find a more effective treatment for his cancer. An active golfer and … Continued

Tracey’s Breast Cancer Journey

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Tracey, a former Pro Figure competitor/bodybuilder, was doing her usual morning stretches when she noticed a lump at the base of her right breast, just days before her annual mammogram. At her appointment in March of 2014, Tracey’s radiologist ordered an ultrasound and a subsequent biopsy which revealed invasive ductal carcinoma, a type of breast … Continued

Clark’s Lung Cancer Journey

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In November 2014, Clark visited his primary physician for his annual exam and while the doctor listened to his lungs, he heard a wheeze. Due to Clark’s history of smoking, the physician ordered a lung cancer screening. Janet Bridges, RN, BSN, OCN, a nurse navigator specializing in thoracic health at Sarah Cannon at HealthONE’s Presbyterian/St. … Continued

Matt’s Lung Cancer Journey

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Matt, a 28-year-old graduate student from Ohio, has been fighting stage IV adenocarcinoma of the lung with multiple metastasis since age 24, and he’s never smoked. Nonsmokers make up approximately 15 percent of lung cancer patients and often attribute symptoms to other problems, resulting in later diagnosis. Matt developed a persistent cough during his summer … Continued

Judy’s Breast Cancer Journey

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Judy is a 56-year-old nurse practitioner and 26-year military veteran who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, entered remission for 10 years, but then had a recurrence of her breast cancer in December 2012. Judy’s cancer progressed despite hormone therapy so her medical oncologist at Tennessee Oncology, Dr. Patrick Murphy, referred her to Sarah … Continued