Category Archives: Patient Testimonials

Phase 1 Experimental Trial Helps Patient With Advanced Liver Cancer

In late summer 2011, Kathleen Zavatsky, 65, of Oakley, noticed a troubling stitch in her side: “It reminded me of being a kid and running too fast and getting that startling pain in your side,” she recalls. She mentioned the unexplained pain to her OB/GYN, which resulted in imaging tests that revealed a cancerous mass […]

Myeloma Patient Thankful for Best Care Close to Home

Driving 700 miles every six weeks for multiple myeloma treatment in Arkansas was not an ideal long-term solution for Lois Tamiyasu. But the Mason resident and her husband, Mikio, had been making the trek to Arkansas religiously for eight years. Tamiyasu says it was a “godsend” when the UC Cancer Institute Hematologic Malignancies Program team […]

Patient Benefits from ‘Immune System-Stimulating’ Experimental Drug

Pam Johnson smoked cigarettes for 45 years. She quit the day she had surgery for stage 3 lung cancer. “I was anxious and worried,” says Johnson about the day she received her diagnosis in 2010. Her primary care physician had ordered routine blood work that came back abnormal. He ordered a chest x-ray as follow-up […]

Pancreatic Cancer Patient Encourages Others to Maintain Hope

“My first reaction was shock, then fear that it wouldn’t be curable. But I refused to just give up. I chose hope, and I began researching treatment options that would give me the best chance to beat this disease,” recalls Falhaber, then 55. By November, he connected with a community-based oncologist and underwent a two-drug […]

Study Participant Strides Ahead with His Doctors, His Research Team & the Best Therapy (Dog)

Bob Kehm helped kick off UC Health Research Week 2012 on Tuesday at University Hospital with a story that merged coincidence with collaboration and hope. The coincidence involved the 62-year-old West Chester man’s best buddy, “Jake,” a 165-pound Newfoundland and therapy dog that Mr. Kehm had trained for duty. The collaboration involved Mr. Kehm’s multidisciplinary […]

Discovery of Treatment for Rare Lung Disease Earns UC Researcher National Award

UC’s Frank McCormack, MD, was honored for one of the “Top 10” clinical research projects in the country and received a Clinical Research Forum Clinical Research Achievement Award at the forum’s annual meeting and awards dinner April 18, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The award is given to projects that exemplify scientific innovation that results from […]