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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.

Police chief tells love story of sarcoma cancer journey

a man uses walking supports shakes the hand of a staff memberAlthough he's faced many challenges, Charleston police chief Luther Reynolds likes to focus on the positive aspects of his battle with sarcoma, including his gratitude for all the nurses and staff who have helped him along the way.

“I call them my guardian angels. The nurses were just so kind, so refreshing and so helpful. They just go way out of their way and go the extra mile.”

Read his 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
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