Cancer Patient Stories from Via Christi Health

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Our patients can tell you better than anyone about the expert and compassionate care they found at Via Christi Cancer Care. Click the links below to read their stories.

Robotic surgery rocks ... and so does Ruth

Precise surgical procedure gives cancer survivor with multiple sclerosis reason to celebrate

National cancer trials come home

Melanoma patient Jane Webb finds new hope through national clinical trials available in her hometown

Gifts in Loving Memory

Mike Thimesch battled acute myelogenous leukemia at age 28. During his care in the Oncology unit at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, he and his wife, Jenni, became friends with the staff and decided to donate a sculpture of St. Peregrine, the patron saint of cancer patients, to the unit.

Early Detection Saves

For prostate cancer survivor Bob Garrett, early detection opened the door to a treatment that not only improved his long-term prospects, but did it without limiting his everyday life.

Survivor Returns to Build Cancer Institute

Working on the new Cancer Institute at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis was one job construction worker Alain Laugere didn't want to miss. Helping create a more patient- and staff-friendly atmosphere at the hospital where he had a life-saving procedure 18 years ago was important to the 63-year-old grandfather.

Bone Marrow Harvesting Easier on Patients

Advances in technology and medicine allow an outpatient harvesting process through the blood stream. New medicines speed up the new blood cell-producing process following transplants, helping shorten hospitals stays and lowering infection risks.

Winfield Patients Bond

Via Christi arranged for a shuttle to bring six patients scheduled for radiation therapy to Wichita for their treatments. The men and women being treated for cancers of the breast, lung, gall bladder and lymphoma spent many of their weekdays two-hour roundtrip ride to and from the Via Christi Cancer Center in Wichita and strong, supportive relationships formed.

WCCOP First in Study

Doris Enright didn't have to travel to a large metropolitan center to participate in the Phase 1 study of a new cancer medication. Instead, Enright was able to receive the new drug at no cost in her own hometown through the Wichita Community Clinical Oncology Program.



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