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    Constance - Blood & Marrow Transplant (371)Constance - Blood & Marrow Transplant

    In April 2010, 67-year old Constance Cole of Roseville, Calif., found herself easily exhausted. After several tests, Constance was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a condition that occurs when the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow are damaged.
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    Melvin B. - At 77 Melvin is Kidney Cancer-Free (360)Melvin B. - At 77 Melvin is Kidney Cancer-Free

    Melvin Bennett had been actively monitoring several nodes in his lungs since their sudden appearance a few years earlier. During one of his annual exams, the team imaged farther down Melvin's torso and discovered a growth on his right kidney. He was immediately scheduled for further tests.
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    Julie - Early Detection and Treatments (358)Julie - Early Detection and Treatments

    Julie's preventative routines and the Breast Cancer Assessment Tool helped with early detection of breast cancer.
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    Marilyn - Minimally Invasive Surgery Helps Active Grammy  (357)Marilyn - Minimally Invasive Surgery Helps Active Grammy

    “I knew it was serious, but I I’m a very positive person and not one to feel sorry for myself,” said Marilyn. “Dr. Yee told me from the results of the scan that the tumor looked very large. He said we needed to get it out right away.”
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    Elliot - Minimally Invasive Surgery Helped Elliot Stay Active (350)Elliot - Minimally Invasive Surgery Helped Elliot Stay Active

    Elliot Roberts has been active his whole life.  Playing organized football and baseball through school and into adulthood set the stage for an active life. At 66, he still exercises regularly, both elliptical cardio and strength training five times a week. Being athletic has always been important in his life, so when he started feeling badly in late 2011, he knew something was wrong.
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    Arnie - Robotic Prostatectomy was right for Arnie (349)Arnie - Robotic Prostatectomy was right for Arnie

    Arnie Krogh was enjoying his retirement – spending time with family, traveling, and attending football games at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he studied industrial engineering on a football scholarship. During one of his routine wellness checks with his primary care physician, a blood screening test for prostate cancer revealed an elevated PSA level. In a follow-up visit with Sutter urologist David S. Yee, M.D., M.P.H., Arnie underwent a prostate biopsy. The results revealed early-stage prostate cancer.
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    Karen - Back on the Trail (348)Karen - Back on the Trail

    First-time marathoner Karen didn't run away from a diagnosis of breast cancer. Instead, she was determined to get the best treatment and get back to the running trails.
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    Missy Nance - Lumpectomy turned out to be the best treatment option (344)Missy Nance - Lumpectomy turned out to be the best treatment option

    Mylissa “Missy” Nance’s relationship with her breast cancer team is a true testament of Sutter’s tagline, We Plus You.
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    Gwen - Gwen's Breast Cancer Story (332)Gwen - Gwen's Breast Cancer Story

    As an engineer by profession, Gwen is gifted with a detailed-orientated, type-A personality. And she expects the same level of precision in her personal life, especially by her medical team.
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    Thomas - Back to Life and Sports After Neurosurgery  (295)Thomas - Back to Life and Sports After Neurosurgery

    For Missy and her 13-year-old son, Thomas, it was just another busy Saturday. But a phone call on their way home from Thomas’ soccer game dramatically changed their lives. Thomas had been experiencing months of severe dizziness and headaches, and the week prior he had gone to see his pediatrician, Irene Chen, M.D., who had the foresight to schedule a CT scan. The phone call was from a doctor at Sutter Roseville’s Emergency Department to let them know Thomas’ scan showed a tumor in his cerebellum and they needed to head to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento where a team would be waiting for them. 
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    Michael G. - One Man's Journey Through Prostate Cancer  (294)Michael G. - One Man's Journey Through Prostate Cancer

    I have cried a lot these last five months. But men aren't supposed to cry, particularly tough old lawyers like me who spent years fighting bad guys like the crooks that ran Enron. However, nothing could hold back my tears, both of fear and joy.
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    Lynette - Lynette's Breast Cancer Course (263)Lynette - Lynette's Breast Cancer Course

    “I was shocked,” said Lynette after being diagnosed with breast cancer. “And then the morning after my diagnosis I was watching the news and saw a story on a new treatment for breast cancer. I rewound it a few times to see what it was and who offered it.”
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    Selene -  (259)Selene

    Talking with Selene you would have never guessed she is already a cancer survivor. Last year the 20-year-old was busy enjoying life as a new mom to a baby girl when she started noticing bruises on her body. First, she thought nothing of it, but after a while her mom suggested they go to their local health clinic in Reno. 
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    Kris - Life Didn't Skip a Beat (257)Kris - Life Didn't Skip a Beat

    After going in for her annual mammogram, Kris was diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer. Her primary care physician, Bayard Chang, M.D., immediately referred her to Gregory Graves, M.D., surgical oncologist and medical director of Sutter Cancer Centers.  “Cancer can have the tendency to take over one’s life,” said Kris. “That was not the case for me at all."
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    Jerrold - Early diagnosis proves crucial for community leader (256)Jerrold - Early diagnosis proves crucial for community leader

    Jerrold Hatchett, 59, has been a fighter his whole life. He started in the Golden Gloves program as a child, but moved on to fight for both himself and others as a respected businessman and humanitarian. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he knew he was in for the fight of his life.
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    Debbie H - Debbie Height has had Colon Cancer Twice (252)Debbie H - Debbie Height has had Colon Cancer Twice

    Debbie H has had colon cancer twice, and in each case early detection saved her life. "Early detection helped me both times. If I wouldn't have been as persistent with keeping up with my doctor's appointments, it would have been a different story," she said.
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    Rebecca - Robotic Hysterectomy (250)Rebecca - Robotic Hysterectomy

    Rebecca was scared when she found out she had pre-cervical cancer. But she felt better once she learned about a minimally invasive way to reduce her risk while keeping up her active life.
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    Slawek - Least Invasive Treatment Possible (248)Slawek - Least Invasive Treatment Possible

    Slawek and his primary care physician Craig Ruggles, M.D., were actively monitoring his PSA levels ever since one of his tests showed high numbers for someone in their early 50�s. When the numbers started to spike, Dr. Ruggles referred Slawek to Jonathan Eandi, M.D., medical director of Robotic Surgery at Sutter Medical Group.
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    Prakashni - Blood and Marrow Transplant (237)Prakashni - Blood and Marrow Transplant

    For months, Prakashni Shandil of West Sacramento had suffered one bad sore throat after another—and antibiotics were not much help. Her lymph glands were so swollen, doctors suspected she had tonsillitis. And so Prakashni, who works as a lab assistant for Sutter Medical Foundation, was scheduled to get her tonsils removed.
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    Tommye - The Value of Preventive Care (229)Tommye - The Value of Preventive Care

    Tommye Isom considers herself blessed. She retired from the post office in 2000 after a 38-year career. She and her husband of 52 years have two sons and three grandchildren. Tommye’s health has always been good…until she was diagnosed with cancer. Miraculously, she still feels blessed, because the team at Sutter discovered her tumor early and the care she received exceeded her expectations.
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    Gerri - Robotic Partial Nephrectomy (162)Gerri - Robotic Partial Nephrectomy

    Gerri had a large tumor in her kidney was faced with the possibility of having to have her entire kidney removed. Then she met Dr. David S. Yee, robotically-trained urologist with Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
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    Ahmeer - Bone and Marrow Transplant  (163)Ahmeer - Bone and Marrow Transplant

    Ahmeer Rivac has a competitive will. He’s a big fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts. His spirited attitude has been known to be on display during his workouts at Capital City Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The 33-year-old has also harnessed that energy in his battle against Stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
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    Arlene - A Successful Fight Again and Again (41)Arlene - A Successful Fight Again and Again

    Every day might as well be Christmas for Arlene. The great-grandmother has come to take each day as a present that she can’t wait to unwrap. As a three-time cancer survivor, she no longer takes her time for granted.
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    Hazel -  A Higher Level of Service (47)Hazel - A Higher Level of Service

    For Hazel, a breast cancer diagnosis was like having her worst fear realized. “It was very frightening,” she recalls. “I felt out of control.” Fortunately, the oncology team at Sutter Solano Cancer Center met with her promptly, answered her questions, discussed her options with her and provided encouragement. “Everyone at Sutter just took care of me—and I felt very safe,” she says.
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    Debbie - Smiling Through Adversity (42)Debbie - Smiling Through Adversity

    Breast cancer did not stand a chance against Debbie. The 51-year-old teacher emerged from two surgeries and six weeks of radiation treatment with her unique sense of humor intact.

    Debbie even shared her humor with the staff at Sutter Solano Cancer Center during her radiation sessions. "I had those people in stitches," she says. "It is what it is, so I decided to make it fun." The outstanding support she received from the staff at Sutter as well as her students fueled her determination to beat cancer. "I wouldn't have made it without them," she says.
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    Sharon - Cancer Won't Stop Me from Riding (44)Sharon - Cancer Won't Stop Me from Riding

    After receiving yearly mammograms and having doctors express concern about something they saw on the film on more than one occasion, Sharon brushed off this appointment as another false alarm. Unfortunately, this time wasn’t a false alarm. Doctors were able to locate two masses – a cancer tumor and a cluster of atypical cells.
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    Marie - Shares BMT Experience with other Patients (45)Marie - Shares BMT Experience with other Patients

    For the past 30 years Marie has provided friendly customer-service to all those she encounters in her job at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento – especially patients. She is particularly empathetic to those undergoing bone marrow transplants since she went through two last year.
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    Linda - "This is all about you&" (48)Linda - "This is all about you&"

    The request came as a bit of surprise. Linda Orrante never imagined her mother would have any interest in joining her when she went to Sutter Solano Cancer Center for radiation treatment.
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    Victor - Marrow Transplant Saves a Life (56)Victor - Marrow Transplant Saves a Life

    Less than one year ago Victor Chavez was living a normal, healthy life in Vallejo with his wife of 38 years and four children. But then his health started ailing. Victor was more tired than usual and his appetite waned to the point where he rapidly lost 60 pounds.
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    Kristen - Beating Breast Cancer with Her Team of Specialists (62)Kristen - Beating Breast Cancer with Her Team of Specialists

    Kristen thought her battle with breast cancer was over. After her initial diagnosis, she had a lumpectomy and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. When an MRI scan showed another tumor in her other breast a few years later, Kristen decided this time to fight harder and stronger.
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    Kimberly - Positive Attitude Goes a Long Way in Breast Cancer Treatment (61)Kimberly - Positive Attitude Goes a Long Way in Breast Cancer Treatment

    As soon as she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, 46-year-old Kimberly was determined to beat the disease and return to a normal, healthy life. Kimberly had breast cancer and a double mastectomy. After surgery, chemo and reconstructive breast surgery, she is back teaching.
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    Della - Treatment Even Better Close to Home (65)Della - Treatment Even Better Close to Home

    In the seven years since beginning work at the California Cancer Registry, Della has tracked the rates of cancer diagnoses throughout the state – but the idea of having cancer herself was very much removed.“You never really think it could happen to you,” says Della. “I am now in my own database.”
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    Mark - Gold-Medal Heart (36)Mark - Gold-Medal Heart

    At age 14, sports defined Mark’s life. He started swimming with his older brothers’ swim team at age four, added soccer and baseball in grade school, and continued all three sports into high school. Mark’s dad noticed his son limping and was immediately alarmed when Mark told him he felt a lump on his bone.
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    Monique - Back to School (40)Monique - Back to School

    One doctor called her “Princess.” Another nicknamed her “Sleeping Beauty,” because she was always asleep when he came into her hospital room. Her mom refers to her as “Mija” (pronounced Mee-ha), short for “Mi hija,” or “my daughter” in Spanish. Monique would probably call herself lucky and grateful.
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    Marsha - Growth Through Hardship; Growing from Hardship (69)Marsha - Growth Through Hardship; Growing from Hardship

    Given the opportunity to change one thing about their lives, most cancer patients would choose to do without the cancer. But not 32-year-old therapist, Marsha . “I wouldn’t take it away. I’m a totally different person because of my cancer and I’m thankful for the growth,” said Marsha.
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