Cancer Patient Stories

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At MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, our patients are the heart and soul of our efforts to improve cancer care. Read their inspiring cancer patient stories below, and learn why they chose to seek care from our team of experts.

Lung cancer survivor encourages others to follow their intuition

a smiling couple pose in a cancer center hallwayWith a cough that wouldn't go away, Diane Juitt's intuition told her that something wasn't right, even though she was told she was in the clear. She sought out another opinion, and Hollings doctors gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 3a lung cancer.

She has since made a remarkable recovery and is now serving as a patient advocate as part of a Stand Up 2 Cancer grant at Hollings that will help provide better access to lung cancer screenings.

Read about her journey 

My care team felt like family. I never felt like I was a bother, just being cared for in a professional way. I felt like people really loved me, and that matters a whole lot.

Nick Charalambous, lymphoma survivor

Nick's story
Nick Charalambous stands next to his bike holding a bike helmet


I got the call that I had cancer. I was lost — initially. Nobody wants to hear that, and I wasn’t expecting to hear that so young in my life. I had to let it all process, and it got better over time.

Ratanya Manigault, breast cancer survivor

Ratanya's story
Ratanya Manigault stands outside