Patient Success Stories

Read and watch these inspiring stories of patients and survivors who have battled cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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, 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, survivor story

Hannah, bone cancer survivor

Today, Hannah Komai is cancer-free and her story has come full circle: She's now a registered nurse at City of Hope, where she serves on the very same pediatric floor where she was once a patient.

Categories: bone cancer, survivor story

'Cancer is an inconvenience to me'

Five-time survivor defiant in the face of cancer

Categories: Resilience, brain tumor

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, 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, survivor story

Stephanie, breast cancer survivor

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

Categories: breast cancer, 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, 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, survivor story

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, survivor story

Bravo, Joe

An artist is transformed by cancer

Categories: Resilience, head and neck cancer, tongue cancer

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

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, pediatric cancer

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

Gus, leukemia survivor

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

Categories: leukemia, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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

Seeing the Light

Reflections on Reuniting, One Year Later

Categories: Resilience, leukemia

'I'm gonna fight like hell to stay'

Overcoming Cancer-related Post-traumatic stress

Categories: Resilience, leukemia

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, survivor story

AJ Patel, lung cancer survivor

AJ Patel found himself facing Stage 4 lung cancer in 2013 when, after two years of nagging symptoms, a doctor found a tumor in his left lung and, later, his brain.

Categories: Success Stories, lung cancer

‘I Had My Third Life’

Contemplating Cancer with a Poet and Patient

Categories: Resilience, lung cancer

Christine, lymphoma survivor

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

Categories: lymphoma, survivor story

Ben, lymphoma survivor

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

Categories: lymphoma, 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, survivor story

Making a Comeback

CAR T Cells Save Chuck Fata's Life

Categories: City Research, Resilience, lymphoma

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

'Four Percenters'

The Challenges of Finding a Mixed Race Bone Marrow Match

Categories: Resilience, myelodysplastic syndrome

Bob, multiple myeloma survivor

Diagnosed at age 44 with advanced multiple myeloma, a disease usually occurring in people 70 and older, Bob Dickey doesn't let his disease stop him from living life to the fullest.

Categories: myeloma, survivor story

‘Remember Mom fought cancer with everything she had’

A mother fights despair after a myeloma diagnosis

Categories: Resilience, myeloma

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

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, survivor story