Patient Success Stories

Read and watch these inspiring stories of survivors who have conquered cancer.

Christine, bladder cancer survivor

Just a little over a month after bladder cancer surgery, Christine was back at the gym teaching fitness classes and settling back into her presurgery life.

Categories : bladder cancer survivors, survivor story

Mary Soto, bladder cancer survivor

Mary Soto was looking forward to her birthday trip with her daughter. But the problem that she had been dealing with on and off for the past few months - blood in her urine - returned full force.

Categories : bladder cancer survivors, survivor story

Hannah, bone cancer survivor

Now cancer-free, Hannah draws inspiration from the care she received at City of Hope and is in college pursuing a nursing degree in college.

Categories : bone cancer survivors, survivor story

Bridget, brain tumor survivor

Faced with brain cancer, Bridget refused to become a statistic. She sought a second opinion at City of Hope.

Categories : brain tumor survivors, survivor story

Kommah, breast cancer survivor

For breast cancer survivor Kommah McDowell, a second opinion at City of Hope made all the difference for her and her family…

Categories : breast cancer survivors, survivor story

Homa, breast cancer survivor

“You deserve a doctor you feel confident in and who you believe is invested in your care. That’s why I chose Dr. Somlo and City of Hope.”

Categories : breast cancer survivors, survivor story

Amelia, breast cancer survivor

Amelia Tena has made it her mission to become an advocate and mentor for people living with cancer.

Categories : breast cancer survivors, survivor story

Don, breast cancer survivor

Don sports his pink City of Hope breast cancer awareness pin wherever he goes – spreading the message of early detection as he enlists new recruits in his personal war on cancer.

Categories : breast cancer survivors, survivor story

Stephanie, breast cancer survivor

“City of Hope saved me. They saved my baby. They saved my family portrait.”

Categories : breast cancer survivors, survivor story

Jim, esophageal cancer survivor

Now cancer-free for several years, Murphy credits City of Hope with giving him the best chance to fight his disease.

Categories : esophageal cancer survivors, survivor story

Joelle, kidney cancer survivor

Joelle was shocked when she learned she had kidney cancer. Her doctor referred her to City of Hope, and Joelle knew she would be in good hands. After minimally invasive robotic surgery, Joelle is now cancer free.

Categories : kidney cancer survivors

Kurt, head and neck cancer survivor

"Cancer hates positive people … I truly feel that I am cancer-free today because of my positive attitude.”

Categories : head and neck cancer survivors, survivor story

Gavin's Wish: Meet My Bone Marrow Donor

A 6-year old boy is given the opportunity to meet the bone marrow donor who saved his life.

Categories : leukemia survivors, pediatric cancer survivors

Alex Tung, leukemia survivor

As the only child of a Chinese immigrant single parent, Alex survived a rare form of leukemia thanks to a stem cell transplant from umbilical cord blood.

Categories : leukemia survivors

Stephen, leukemia survivor and BMT recipient

Stephen Bass, leukemia survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient, talks about his experience and meeting his donor.

Categories : leukemia survivors

Emily, lung cancer survivor

With the burden of cancer greatly lifted, the Taylors are on their next big adventure of building a family.

Categories : lung cancer survivors, survivor story

Gus, leukemia survivor

“I’m going to beat this. I’m going to come back and retrace these steps.”

Categories : leukemia survivors, survivor story

Nicole, leukemia survivor

After two bone marrow transplants and tremendous perseverance, Nicole is back to living the life she once knew – and making up for lost time.

Categories : leukemia survivors, survivor story

Aaron, leukemia survivor

What his doctor initially thought was strep throat or a common virus, Aaron was soon diagnosed as acute myeloid leukemia - the second-most common form of leukemia in children. Watch his inspiring story.

Categories : leukemia survivors, survivor story

Steven Bochco's Real-life Drama

Ten-time Academy Award-winning writer and producer Steven Bochco is accustomed to creating compelling characters who face life full-bore, whatever the odds.

Categories : leukemia survivors, survivor story

Dominick Folbrecht, leukemia survivor

When he was first diagnosed with leukemia at age 9, Dominick just wanted to get well, so he could play sports again.

Categories : leukemia survivors, survivor story

Anya Shah, leukemia survivor

When Anya Shah was 8 years old she loved gymnastics and hoped to someday be president of the United States. Then she was diagnosed with leukemia.

Categories : leukemia survivors, survivor story

Ian, leukemia survivor

At a certain point during his treatment for leukemia at City of Hope, Ian MacLeod stopped asking “Why” he had cancer, and started asking “What?”.

Categories : Success Stories, leukemia survivors

Christine, lymphoma survivor

"There’s a humanity that exists on this campus that you can’t find in other hospitals."

Categories : lymphoma survivors, survivor story

Ben, lymphoma survivor

"The moment I entered the doors of City of Hope, I felt like a person again."

Categories : lymphoma survivors, survivor story

Partners for Life

Rob Kipper and Craig Prater have been together for nearly half a century. They met in Kansas City in 1969, when attitudes were ... different.

Categories : lymphoma survivors, survivor story

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Hear musician George Winston talk about his remarkable experience at City of Hope, where he battled and overcame thyroid cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and myelodysplastic syndrome.

Categories : Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Allisa Miller, ovarian cancer survivor

Allisa Miller was 29 years old when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Then the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Miller was determined to fight the disease.

Categories : ovarian cancer survivors

Ryan, ovarian survivor

With her cancer in remission, Ryan has been participating in Walk for Hope each year since, raising awareness, support and hope for cancer patients and survivors nationwide.

Categories : ovarian cancer survivors, survivor story

Adi and Kari's Story

Adi was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system that started on his adrenal gland and spread to his bone marrow.

Categories : pediatric cancer survivors, survivor story

Ralph Richardson, prostate cancer survivor

When Ralph learned he had prostate cancer, he decided on a treatment plan that was best for his situation, active surveillance.

Categories : prostate cancer survivors, survivor story

"A Blessing in Disguise"

Nils Lindstrom couldn't believe it when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. At 60, he was a healthy, happy guy who never smoked, drank or did drugs.

Categories : prostate cancer survivors, survivor story