• Thyroid Cancer Patient Story

    A patient of Dr. Vanderveen shares about thyroid cancer and treatment at Rose Medical Center.

  • Janet  

    breast , cancer , rmc , rose

    10/01/2018

    Janet, a patient of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Rose Medical Center, shares her experience.

  • Micki Scherling

    breast , cancer , rmc , rose

    10/01/2018

    Micki, a patient of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Rose Medical Center, shares her experience.

  • MiChelle McGarry

    breast , cancer , rmc , rose

    10/01/2018

    MiChelle McGarry knows all too well what it means to be a breast cancer survivor. She's done it twice. Learn about her incredible story and how Rose Cancer Center changed her life.

  • Stacey Gaker

    breast , cancer , rmc , rose

    10/01/2018

    Stacey Gaker shares her story of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Rose Breast Care program.

  • Tomas Martinez

    Centennial resident Tomas Martinez went to bed on March 11 with the worst headache he’d ever had in his 36 years. When he woke the next morning, his thoughts were jumbled. “I told him to let his boss know he couldn’t work, and he didn’t recognize her name,” recalls Tomas’ wife, Tatiana. “His comments were scaring me. I knew something was seriously wrong.” By the time the frantic couple reached Sky Ridge Medical Center, Tomas could no longer recall his birthday.

  • Sherry Arteaga

    Whether you call it karma or sheer luck, self-proclaimed hippy Sherry Arteaga's incidental lung-cancer diagnosis and highly advanced surgical procedure most likely gave the widowed artist more time on her Mother Earth.

  • Jessica Weidknecht

    Photos of two beaming faces, framed in locks of blonde hair, hang on the wall behind Jessica Weidknecht, as the mother of the two little girls recalls the day her life changed. She remembers waiting for the phone call, suspecting something was wrong, but never expecting the message that came.

  • Holly Steinbeck

    In the Steinbeck household, the youngest addition to the family has the nickname “Angel Baby,” and it’s not just because of her angelic face. Little Brooklyn earned the title because symptoms that arose in her mom during pregnancy led to a breast-cancer diagnosis, most likely saving the young mother’s life.

  • Judy Nelson

    Sitting in the Café at Sky Ridge while his wife undergoes surgery for the second time since her cancer diagnosis, Rob Nelson says, “We are blessed.” Many people might have a difficult time seeing from the same perspective as Rob. His wife, Judy, 51, was diagnosed in April 2012 with breast cancer after a routine mammogram.

  • Penny Hornick

    Penny, an EKG technician with Sky Ridge Medical Center, found a lump in her breast during a self-exam. A mammogram and biopsy ensued, through which the 47-year-old tried to remain positive. "Of course, when my OB called and said we have the results of the biopsy back, and you need to get over here right away, I just slid down the wall and lost it," she says.

  • Julie Health

    Julie Health received her comprehensive breast cancer treatment at Sky Ridge from her mammogram at Invision Sally Jobe to her mastectomy with Dr. Joyce Moore and then her reconstruction surgery with Dr. Williams and the help of the SPY Elite Technology.

  • Whitney Nallathamby

    When a routine breast exam led to a cancer diagnosis, Whitney Nallathamby feared the worst. Even though screening had detected the disease early, that didn’t lessen the Denver mom’s fear and questions of “what if?” For many nights, she would sneak into her little girls’ rooms, sit on the edge of their beds, and make quiet promises to them in the dark.

  • Mike Dillard

    Two years ago, Mike Dillard was preparing to die. The Florida retiree and his wife of 42 years had just returned to their Palm Coast home from a cross-country trip in their motorhome, when intestinal troubles re-emerged. Before the trip, his family doctor was treating him for parasites. After the trip, the diagnosis was advanced colorectal cancer with a rare twist: unrelated head and neck cancer.

  • Kate's Thyroid Cancer Story

    Kate, a working mom from Denver, shares her story about receiving treatment for thyroid cancer at Rose Medical Center from Dr. Kimberly Vanderveen.

  • Lacey Block

    cancer , cbci , leukemia , sarah cannon , tees

    06/05/2018

    Lacey Block is known to many as a storyteller with her passions for acting, writing and photography. One day at church, Lacey began to experience intense back spasms causing her to abruptly leave so she could soak in a bathtub all night. For several months, Lacey experienced easy bruisability, generalized fatigue and fevers. After undergoing a series of tests, the results showed myeloblasts (blasts for short) in her blood which likely meant leukemia. Lacey recalls saying at this moment, “I immediately thought I was going to die.”

  • Samuel LeFebre

    Samuel LeFebre grew up loving music. He plays the drums, guitar and follows closely in his father’s musical footsteps. In the past few years, Samuel’s love of music declined due to the pain and lack of mobility he was suffering in his wrist. He could barely move it and his pain was so severe, he required narcotics to manage it. He had a large tumor in the end of his radius, one of the bones in the forearm that connects to the wrist, which was diagnosed as a giant cell tumor of the bone. After meeting with physicians in the Pueblo area, he became quite depressed hearing amputation was his only option.

  • Debbie S.

    Debbie, a long time smoker, decided to enroll in the Smoking Cessation Program here at The Medical Center of Aurora, after finding out her husband was diagnosed with cancer.

  • Denise Lyons

    cancer , liu , neuroendocrine , psl

    04/16/2018

    Towards the end of 2011, Denise Lyons had a cough that did not seem to be getting better. Thinking she had pneumonia, she went in for tests and her X-ray revealed something much larger- tumors in her lungs.

  • Mike Howard

    cancer , liu , neuroendocrine , psl

    04/16/2018

    Mike Howard was an active outdoorsman that enjoyed skiing and rock climbing. Two years ago, he started having excruciating stomach pain that landed him in an ER in Houston where they removed a tumor from his intestines. It was at this point that Mike was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor that had spread to his liver.

  • Nicole DeVere

    cancer , rose , thyroid , vanderveen

    04/11/2018

    Patient Nicole DeVere shares the experience of being diagnosed and treated for papillary thyroid cancer at the age of 25. She was treated by Dr. Kimberly Vanderveen.

  • Alyssa Liddle

    In 2017, Alyssa Liddle was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ewing Sarcoma and was referred to Dr. Cindy Kelly, orthopedic surgeon with OrthoONE at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL). Alyssa had a tumor in the lower portion of her right leg. Dr. Kelly presented the case to the tumor board at P/SL where the team discussed the best options for her care. T

  • Cynthia de Chelly

    cancer , gynonc , rose , uterine

    01/19/2018

    Cynthia de Chelly was diagnoses with Stage 3 uterine cancer and turned that difficult situation into an opportunity for personal growth and reflection, thanks to her care team at Rose Cancer Center.

  • Kathy McGovern

    cancer , gynonc , ovarian , rose

    01/19/2018

    Meet Kathy McGovern, an ovarian cancer survivor who was treated at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.

  • James Phil Barra

    As an old Army vet and retired school principal, James Phil Barra shoots straight. At 79, he tells people the stage 4 cancer that has challenged him for the past four years will probably have him “pushing up daisies” soon. But that doesn’t mean the witty Colorado Springs husband and grandfather won’t fight for more time if given a chance.

  • Jenny Card

    Jenny Card and her husband were playing “Beat the Parents” with their kids when she got the phone call from her doctor. As she learned her tests were positive, her 10-year- old son and 8-year-old daughter oblivious by her side, Jenny locked eyes with her husband across the boardgame-strewn table and mouthed the words: I have cancer.

  • Charles Sykes

    cancer , gi cancer , psl

    07/03/2017

    In 2011, Charles Sykes was diagnosed with carcinoid tumors of the small intestines, a slow-growing cancer that often affects the digestive tract. His medical case was presented for review at tumor board in Nashville, TN and Dr. Eric Liu - a surgical oncologist specializing in neuroendocrine tumors - knew he could help.

  • Sharon Baltzell

    cancer , lung , swedish

    03/31/2017

    Sharon Baltzell will tell you that she's alive today for two reasons: 1) She quit smoking 10 years ago, and 2) She heeded a public-service announcement from HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center to have a low-cost lung scan. The Nebraska resident even dragged her husband along because of a short history of cigar smoking.

  • Douglas Foe

    cancer , cdlp , swedish

    03/31/2017

    Douglas Foe’s deadly pancreatic cancer – that he’d managed to survive for more than six years – returned for a second time recently, spreading to his adrenal gland. But the positive Foe – whom his wife calls "highly abnormal" – thanks his upbeat attitude for licking cancer again. Well, that, and progressing technology.

  • Stephanie Madsen

    cancer , gyn-onc , swedish

    03/31/2017

    When she was twenty-five years old, Littleton Colorado's Stephanie Madsen thought she had her entire future planned out. Newly married, she wanted to move to a new city, buy a new house and start a family with her husband Matt. Life seemed to be perfect for Stephanie until one day her list of dreams quickly turned into a battle plan to fight cancer. "It was so tough, I felt like we had lost our freedom to plan our lives," says Stephanie.

  • Rose Taylor

    cancer , neuroendocrine , psl

    01/31/2017

    Rose’s quality of life has significantly improved from her Neuroendocrine Cancer thanks to expert care received by Dr. Eric Liu at the Neuroendocrine Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers.

  • Don McCarthy

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    Don McCarthy was a treated at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado for Mantel Cell Lymphoma.

  • Steve Wapner

    cancer , neuroendocrine , psl

    01/27/2017

    When Steve's liver disease symptoms worsened, he was referred to Dr. Eric Liu, an expert in the diagnosis of Neuroendocrine Tumers (NET).

  • Bill Weston

    cancer , neuroendocrine , psl

    01/27/2017

    After bouncing in and out of local ER’s for a number of years and receiving a variety of diagnoses, Bill was eventually diagnosed with a Neuroendocrine Tumor.

  • Ricky Santo

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    Known for his high energy and passion towards life, CSU football coach, Ricky Santo, was recently sidelined when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

  • Check Hood

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    In April of 2014, Chuck Hood was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a fast-growing type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

  • Sandra Beiriger

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    In 2011, Sandra Beiriger went to the ER with what she thought was appendicitis and was told that she had B Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.

  • Kelli Laird-Ore

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    In July 2014, Kelly Laird-Ore developed an arterial blood clot, causing her to seek medical care. It was during that visit that she discovered that she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia and would require more complex care and equipment than the facility she arrived at could handle.

  • Ronna Sanchez

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    Ronna Sanchez was treated at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado for AML Leukemia in 2004.

  • Alix's Story

    cancer , neuroendocrine , psl

    01/27/2017

    Alix is an 18 year survivor of Nueroendocrine Cancer and has taken control of her care.

  • Melanie Stachelsk

    cancer , psl

    06/06/2016

    Melanie Stachelski suffered from a rare form of arthritis for nearly 10 years, which led to countless visits to the doctor to monitor her condition. During one of her regular appointments, her blood work indicated that her blood cell count was dramatically low. After growing frustration with her doctors, Melanie consulted a friend who worked at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI).

  • Lynda Joy Offutt

    Generally, when doctors tell patients they have a tumor growing on their spine, it’s not welcome news. But when Sky Ridge Medical Center doctors told Lynda Joy Offutt and family that a tumor was crushing the Lone Tree mother’s spinal cord, the Offutts were nearly ecstatic. “My husband was thrilled. My kids were thrilled. I was bawling hysterically, mostly out of relief,” she says.