A message to our patients about COVID-19 Coronavirus

A message to our patients about COVID-19 Coronavirus

As of May 3, 2020, Governor Mike Parsons has lifted the state’s stay-at-home order to move Missouri into Phase One re-opening. Leading up to this re-opening, our staff has been working hard to prepare for a gradual relaxation of some of the restrictions...
Staying Focused on Life Outside of Cancer

Staying Focused on Life Outside of Cancer

MCA Patient: Michael Lilien Survivor Since: 2019 Diagnosis: Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Medical Oncologist: Dr. Mark Vellek Treatment: Chemotherapy After discovering he had cancer, Michael Lilien was determined to keep running his life the same way — all the way through...
Choosing to Live

Choosing to Live

MCA Patient: Bill Carter Survivor Since: 2016 Diagnosis: Pancreatic Cancer Medical Oncologist: Dr. Uma Ramadoss Radiation Oncologist: Dr. Mark Bryer and Dr. Harold Johnson Oncology Nurse: Christy Philips Treatment: Chemotherapy When Bill Carter was diagnosed with...
FAQs – Genetic Education and Testing

FAQs – Genetic Education and Testing

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M A CANDIDATE FOR GENETIC EDUCATION OR TESTING? Genetic testing isn’t right for everyone, and genetic education and testing is an important part of the genetic evaluation. You are encouraged to talk to your doctor about your family history to...
Faith and Courage

Faith and Courage

MCA Patient: Duke Allen Survivor Since: 2018 Diagnosis: Pancreatic Cancer Medical Oncologist: Dr. Mark Tungesvik Treatment: Chemotherapy For Henry Duke Allen, a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer hasn’t dimmed his zeal for life. As is common with anyone receiving a...
Start Talking

Start Talking

MCA Patient: Karen Singleton, Ashland, MO Survivor Since: March 2018 Diagnosis: Breast Cancer Care Team: Medical Oncologist: Liana Makarian, M.D. Radiation Oncologist: Dr. Mark Bryer Radiation: Dr. Teri Elwing Breast Surgeon: Dr. Anne Peterson Primary Care Physician:...
Let Them Love You

Let Them Love You

MCA Patient: Sunny Hoffman Survivor Since: April 2017 Diagnosis: Breast Cancer Medical Oncologist: Mark Vellek, M.D. Treatment: Chemotherapy and Radiation Chemotherapy Care Team: Amy Boyle, RN Danielle Kleithermes, RN Denise Huff, RN Erin Korman, RN Johanna Joes, RN...
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...