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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.

Two-time survivor advises women to advocate for themselves

a woman with nearly bald head and bright pink shirt laughsAfter beating leukemia in her 20s, Danielle Lee found herself battling triple negative breast cancer a decade later. She has maintained a positive outlook and encourages others to be proactive about their health.

“If you have a feeling that something is not right, definitely take that and run with it. Be an advocate for yourself because if you’re not an advocate for yourself, nobody is going to be.”

Read her inspiring story

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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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
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