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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...

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...

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