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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 stories below, and learn why they chose to seek care from our team of experts.

Pancreatic cancer survivor gets new lease on life twice

Bob Hessler stands outside in a garden Boosted by his success in beating alcoholism 15 years ago, Bob Hessler sought treatment at Hollings determined to defeat his pancreatic cancer too.

“I did my research when I got the diagnosis. I knew pancreatic cancer is tough,” he said. “It really came down to my self will. The cancer was either going to kill me, or I was going to kill it. I made the determination to kill it.”

Read about his determination

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 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 Manigault stands outside