For the past six months, Robert Young battled severe acid reflux and heartburn when sleeping to the point of puking, gagging and sometimes even passing out. After seeking medical care in South Dakota, they weren’t getting anywhere besides medications so they called Dr. Kevin Rufner in Denver. After running a series of tests, Dr. Rufner stated that Robert’s acid reflux was the worst case he’d ever seen and he referred him to Dr. Tony Canfield, general surgeon at the Center for Robotic Surgery at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s (P/SL).
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.