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Patient Stories

Charles

Charles, a 77-year-old from Lenexa, Kansas had emergency gallbladder surgery on Christmas Eve 2014. After the surgery, his physician noticed a suspicious spot on his lung during a routine CT scan. Charles, who never smoked and has been in good health, was sent home with three months of blood thinner, as the spots were thought to be a blood clot. When the spots did not go away, Charles was sent by his primary care physician to Daniel Balmaceda, MD, pulmonologist at Overland Park Regional Medical Center where a biopsy was recommended which determined the spot to be adenocarcinoma of the lung. » Read more


Christina McGinnis

Christina McGinnis doesn’t consider herself an avid sports fan, but she does have a personal definition of a teammate. So when McGinnis was diagnosed with Stage 1b breast cancer on November 4, 2010, she knew her oncologist needed to be the type of doctor to suit up and show up. » Read more


Gary

Gary, a 61-year-old from Spring Hill, Kansas, was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer on September 5, 2014. Gary has been fighting his cancer, which has now metastasized to his brain, alongside Drs. Stilwill and Koffman, board-certified oncologists at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. » Read more


Hillard Rogers

Hillard Rogers is a two-time survivor of prostate cancer. He was first diagnosed at the age of 69 following a routine physical. He made an appointment to see John Sheldon, MD, a radiation oncologist at Research Medical Center. » Read more


Jerry Keithline

42-year-old Kansas City resident, Jerry Keithline, experienced get-your-attention symptoms in October 2001: increased heart rate, chest pains, coughing and night sweats. True to his positive nature, Jerry thought it might be the side effects of common bronchitis or a bad chest cold. » Read more


Kayla Goff

Kayla Goff woke up at 2 a.m. with shooting pains that were stabbing down the left side of her chest and back “My mind was racing,” Goff said. “I thought maybe I pulled something while juggling breast-pump, and baby, and pillows.” Three hours later, Goff’s doctor advised her to go to the emergency room to check for a possible blood clot. » Read more


Marilyn Coleman

Marilyn Coleman - the 62-year-old is now cancer-free and thinks her victory over the disease is largely due to the CyberKnife® treatments she had at Menorah Medical Center. CyberKnife is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of cancer anywhere in the body. It delivers beams of high-dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy and as the Coleman's found out, is a beacon of hope for cancer patients. » Read more


Marlene Krakow

Local philanthropist and cancer survivor, Marlene Krakow, shares her story of healing, courtesy of 435SouthMag.com. She was treated for cancer by Bradley Koffman, MD, a radiation oncologist and medical director of the CyberKnife Center at Menorah Medical Center. » Read more


Missy

Like many women diagnosed with breast cancer, Missy, age 52 from Olathe, Kansas, remembers the exact moment she received her diagnosis. “It was June 2014 and my husband, youngest daughter and I were taking a beach vacation and were on our way to meet our oldest daughter,” Missy says. “We were an hour away from town when I received a call from the surgeon. I recall saying matter-of-factly, ‘So, it’s cancer this time.’” » Read more


Peggy Hayson

It was July 2008 and Peggy Hayson’s cancer story started as it does for many women—after a shower, when they notice something that doesn’t look quite right. In Peggy's instance her mammogram was five years overdue so she made an appointment at Lafayette Regional Health Center. » Read more


Rita Garcia

Rita Garcia, known for her brilliant smile and bubbly disposition, was alarmed when she detected a small drop of blood in her urine the morning before her annual physical. Following a biopsy, Rita was told by her doctor that she had uterine cancer. » Read more


Sherry Brisbin

When Pleasant Hill, Mo., resident Sherry Brisbin found a lump in her breast during a routine self-examination in March, she felt a painful and tender history repeating itself. Brisbin's mother, Frances Fern, died of breast cancer at age 55, and her sister, now a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed when she was 39 years old. » Read more


Thelma

Thelma, age 64 from Kansas City, Missouri was diagnosed with Stage II triple-positive breast cancer in 2014. Now, two years following her diagnosis, Thelma is visiting Dr. Rokkam every three months and has a mammogram twice a year. » Read more


Tracey

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 cancer. » Read more