Patient Stories

6 Tips for Cancer Caregivers

Caring for our loved ones during National Caregivers Month Cancer not only affects the patient, but also the entire family, especially caregivers.  So, if you are caring for someone, remember that it is ok to take care of yourself, too. However, when do you find time for yourself knowing you have caregiver duties such as…

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma Survivor, Robert Trujillo

With family history of cancer, Robert Trujillo didn’t hesitate to visit his doctor when he felt a lump on the right side of his jaw. Not satisfied with his doctor’s prognosis, Robert visited a local oncologist in Fort Worth, Texas who then requested a biopsy. On November 19, 2016, Robert was diagnosed with squamous cell…

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Against All Odds, Denise Hansen

During a work trip to New York City in November 2011, Denise Hansen, felt a painful lump on the lower part of her collarbone. Once she returned to her hometown of Houston, Texas she went directly to the emergency room. Her diagnosis — a swollen lymph node, but Denise knew there was something more to…

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Overcoming Head and Neck Cancer for the Second Time

When Ja Uthayanaka began experiencing a familiar pain in her jaw in December 2016, she quickly contacted her doctor. After completing an MRI and biopsy, her doctor confirmed the adenoid cystic carcinoma had returned. Although 10 years had gone by since she battled cancer, Ja distinctly remembered the physical suffering she endured at that time.…

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Prostate Cancer Survivor, Alcide Hebert

The Louisiana native, Alcide Hebert, discovered he had prostate cancer after his Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels doubled within in a year. The first urologist recommended “the wait and see method” which Alcide didn’t agree with since his PSA numbers had doubled in a year. Alcide was worried his numbers would jump before the next visit…

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Beating Prostate Cancer — Motorcyclist Jerral Waguespack

“Proton therapy was way easier than hernia surgery” After several tests and biopsies, doctors confirmed that Jerral Waguespack had prostate cancer. Without any hesitation, Jerral’s doctor recommended surgery for his prostate cancer. Jerral’s doctor dismissed proton therapy as a form of treatment since he considered it an experimental treatment. After sharing his diagnosis with his…

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NASA Engineer Finally Gets Approved for Proton Therapy Treatment

You or someone you know has probably experienced challenges with a health insurance company such as billing issues, getting a procedure approved or appealing a denial. The latter was the case for NASA engineer Derek Willingham. Insurance denied proton therapy twice, Derek’s mom persisted Derek was not only denied proton therapy once, but twice. With…

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Galloping into Recovery with Caitlin Acree

With the beginning of rodeo season in Houston, former patient, Caitlin Acree, shared with us her latest accomplishments in the sport of Ranch Sorting. Ranch Sorting is a sport where two riders on horseback divide and separate cattle within a certain time limit. In order to be successful in this sport, teamwork is essential. For…

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