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.

Bladder cancer survivor wants to raise awareness among women

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Ruth Sykora said she had never felt so surrounded by love as when she was undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.

Now, she is using her experience to raise awareness of bladder cancer among women, who are often at first assumed to have a urinary tract infection.

Read about her journey

It shows what these people at Hollings are doing. They took me – and I was really struggling when I came here in November – and in a little bit over three months, they turned me around.

Ted Kopacko, CAR-T cell therapy patient and lymphoma survivor

Ted'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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