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Read inspiring stories from cancer survivors to learn how research is transforming patient care and saving lives.

Surviving Head and Neck Cancer Thanks to Immunotherapy

Bill McCone

When Bill's head and neck cancer spread and he was given a year to live, he turned to a clinical trial of an investigational cancer immunotherapy.

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Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen has voiced hundreds of animated characters, but as he prepared to return to a beloved role, cancer threatened his livelihood.

Read more in Cancer Today magazine
Surviving Cancer Thanks to Medical Research

Rocky Lagno

For recently married James "Rocky" Lagno, molecularly targeted therapy for his non-small cell lung cancer meant a return to a quality of life similar to what he enjoyed prior to his diagnosis.

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Survivor Profile: An Unlikely Pivot

Medha Deoras-Sutliff

Medha Deoras-Sutliff’s experience with breast cancer fueled her interest in advocacy for breast cancer patients and, more recently, her support for research on rare cancers.

Read more in Cancer Today magazine
Looking Forward to the Future Thanks to a Clinical Trial at the NIH

Randy Surratt

For nearly two decades Randy Surratt was in and out of treatment for hairy cell leukemia. A clinical trial at the NIH has the Michigan man in “complete” remission.

Read more in the Cancer Progress Report
Handle With Care

Lanette Veres

Brain cancer survivor Lanette Veres sends cards and packages to others with the disease. She believes no one should face cancer alone.

Read more in Cancer Today magazine
Choosing to Help Other Patients after Surviving Lung Cancer

Tomma Hargraves

After surviving stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer, Tomma worked to support others with the disease and now works as a patient lay navigator.

Read more in the Cancer Progress Report 2019
Anticipating a Long Life Thanks to Targeted Therapy

Keith Taggart

When Keith's salivary gland cancer spread throughout his body and he was given just weeks to live, the Oklahoma City man turned to a clinical trial for a therapy that targeted the mutation driving his disease. Read Keith's survivor story.

Read more in the Cancer Progress Report
Living Well With Stage 4 Lung Cancer

Donna Fernandez

When chemotherapy didn't halt her cancer, Donna Fernandez turned to an immunotherapy trial drug to keep the disease in check.

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Focused on the Healing Power of Music

Billy Foster

Jazz musician and educator Billy Foster continues to work on his music as he battles metastatic kidney cancer.

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