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.

CAR-T-cell therapy opens up the world to lymphoma survivor

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When Marcus Humphrey first met with Dr. Brian Hess, he had one of the worst cases of lymphoma that Hess had ever seen. After two rounds of different chemotherapy protocols failed to control the cancer, Humphrey decided to pursue CAR-T-cell therapy.

This highly specialized treatment isn't widely available and comes with the risk of serious side effects – but Humphrey is now preparing for a trip he never could have imagined taking a year ago.

Read about his 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
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And when you can look back and say, ‘Dang, that’s what I’ve come through?’ I mean, that just gives you chills within itself. To know that you conquered this and you’re a survivor – that’s huge.

Danielle Lee, leukemia and breast cancer survivor

Danielle's story
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