Cancer Patient Stories
Because Donna Lee Fivis’ breast cancer was caught early when her tumor was still small enough to meet the medical criteria, she was offered IORT. “I want to make sure other women know about this procedure and how important it is to catch a breast lump early. Women need to know it’s available,” states Donna. She received IORT in the operating room and has not needed chemotherapy or additional radiation therapy.
In 2011, during his annual checkup, his primary care physician Robert Napoles, M.D., found that Tony’s liver panels were elevated, and ordered an ultrasound. The scan suggested the presence of a large tumor, and a liver biopsy revealed that the tumor was hepatocellular carcinoma, or liver cancer, later attributed to the hepatitis B. The news was devastating for Tony and Ben. Tony had been feeling fine and had no symptoms of liver disease. “There was a delayed emotional reaction. I was in denial at first, and Ben burst into tears,” Tony says.
Eric Muhler, throat cancer survivor
Mariel, breast cancer survivor
California Pacific Medical Center
California Pacific Medical Center, a San Francisco hospital that is part of the Sutter Health Opens new window network, offers cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, physician specialists and research as part of our Cancer Care Center. We provide personalized patient care using leading-edge cancer treatment options.