An Educator at Heart

An Educator at Heart

By Mike Hoeferlin Reproduced with permission from BOOM! magazine, Spring 2019, page 22 Nancy Fritsch Encourages Fellow Cancer Patients Metaphorically, Nancy Fritsch hit the ground running in Columbia running in 1965 and she’s not stopped since. In fact, she still runs...
The Benefits of Acupuncture in Cancer Care

The Benefits of Acupuncture in Cancer Care

Can acupuncture help? This is one of the top questions I’m asked either by the patient themselves, a family member, loved one or friend. Acupuncture is one of the modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has more than a 3,000-year-old rich history of continued...
Confidence That Cures

Confidence That Cures

MCA Patient: Matt May Diagnosis: acute lymphoblastic leukemia Medical Oncologist: Dr. Mark Vellek When college student Matt May received a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, his world changed in an instant. But a matter-of-fact promise from his MCA doctor kept...
Faith in Positive Outcomes

Faith in Positive Outcomes

MCA Patient: Sara Davidson Diagnosis: Hodgkin’s lymphoma Medical Oncologist: Dr. Mark Vellek When Sara Davidson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in 1999, her team at Missouri Cancer Associates didn’t waste any time, with treatment starting just two weeks...
But You’re Still Here

But You’re Still Here

MCA Patient: Krissy Johnson Diagnosis: Breast Cancer Medical Oncologist: Dr. Uma Ramadoss RN, Medical Oncology: Christy Phillips Radiation: Dr. James Allan Breast Surgeon: Dr. Anne Peterson Amidst the ups and downs of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, survivor...
Life Without Regrets

Life Without Regrets

MCA Patient: Bill Morgan Diagnosis: Brain Cancer – Glioblastoma (GBM) Medical Oncologist: Dr. Uma Ramadoss Radiation Oncologist: Dr. Mark Bryer Bill Morgan has always aimed to live a life without regrets, and a cancer diagnosis has only amplified his passion for...
Meet MCA’s new medical oncologist Dr. Andrew M. Iliff

Meet MCA’s new medical oncologist Dr. Andrew M. Iliff

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and why you chose oncology care? I grew up in Stilwell, Kansas, and am a Midwesterner through and through. We have lived in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa and are looking forward to moving to Columbia. I decided to specialize in oncology...
Silver Linings

Silver Linings

MCA Patient: Barry Kausler Diagnosis: Colon Cancer Medical Oncologist: Dr. Joe Muscato  (now retired) Dr. Andrew Iliff Chemotherapy Care Team: Amy Boyle, RN Danielle Kleithermes, RN Denise Huff, RN Erin Swift, RN Johanna Joes, RN Mung Chin, RN Treatment: Chemotherapy...