Patient Stories

Our Journey to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

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***This blog post was written by Dena Battle. My husband Chris was on a gurney in the hallway when I got to the emergency room at our local hospital.  Balking on drinking the contrast.  Sometimes a doctor or a nurse would drop by.  They’d ask him if his pain was managed.  He more or less(...)

Bo’s Song: Brave and True

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Yesterday afternoon, singer Savannah Outen met Bo Oliver, a 16 year-old cancer patient at Johns Hopkins. She had spoken with him by phone a few times after learning about the Music is Medicine program, run by a group of Princeton students. The program encourages musicians to write and record songs for pediatric oncology patients, and proceeds(...)

Semi-Colon Club

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Coming up later this month is the 3rd annual Semi-Colon Crawl - a 5K walk here in the Baltimore area to spread the word about colon cancer. It's the brainchild of Edel Blumberg, who was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 47. Despite undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, the disease returned three years later. After another(...)

Miles for Melanoma

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There's something about exercising that helps cancer survivors take back some control of their bodies. Kevin Stenstrom was a marathon runner and a Naval Flight Officer who, during a routine physical, was diagnosed with melanoma. After several surgeries and months of cancer therapy, Kevin founded team Miles 4 Melanoma, a program that provides runners with(...)

Heather the Cancer Warrior

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As an oncologist, I am continually astonished by the strength and determination patients bring to bear in their fight against cancer. One such patient - Heather Johnson - is a dedicated mom, a loving wife and a self-proclaimed cancer warrior. Heather decided early on in her fight with colon cancer that she would wage an(...)

CJ’s mission

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As an oncologist, I am fascinated by the ways cancer patients bring meaning and satisfaction into their lives. Several months ago, I met a woman named Dian (though she goes by “CJ”). She's a retired Air Force intelligence officer who is living with advanced breast cancer. Her experience with the disease has turned her into(...)

Seize the Days

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As an oncologist, I am privileged to care for people who are fighting cancer.  I'm also fortunate to see the interesting and meaningful ways my patients bring joy and satisfaction into their lives.   Some people strengthen relationships with loved ones, becoming ever closer with family and friends.  One man with lung cancer I spoke with is back in touch with his children(...)

Know Thy Pathologist

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When you are facing potentially life-changing treatment or surgery for cancer, you may want to have several opinions from the best surgeons, the most experienced oncologists, and top experts in radiation therapy, right?  Well, there's another expert whose double-checking may be worth your while -- the pathologist.