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Still Making Music

In his 30 years as a trumpet player, David Cooper had never gone more than three days in a row without playing—a strict regimen that helped him maintain his embouchure—the coordination of lips, tongue, oral cavity and facial muscles needed to play this physically demanding instrument. That changed in 2014. He noticed a pea-sized swelling [...]

By |September 7th, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

Carrying on a Shared Passion

If Ben Pinkerton were alive, you’d probably find him biking the 100-mile route of The Ride, a bicycle fundraiser for cancer research developed by the University of Wisconsin that takes place on September 18. Instead, like so many others who have died from cancer, Ben will be there in the hearts and minds of loved [...]

By |August 23rd, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

No Expiration Date

Nearly two years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Tim Myers, who recently retired after more than 40 years in the printing business, faces his disease and his treatment with calm pragmatism and a gentle sense of humor. At a recent chemotherapy treatment, his nurse asked, “Do you mind if we get rolling?” His reply: [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

Hope Despite Incurable Brain Cancer

Six years after completing radiation and chemotherapy for stage two astrocytoma—a type of brain tumor—Kaitlin Jacobsen began experiencing the telltale signs of a swollen brain—headache, nausea and hallucinations. She started feeling ill as she and her husband Nate were celebrating their first wedding anniversary. It wasn’t what they’d expected. Regularly scheduled MRIs hadn’t indicated any [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

An Unexpected Diagnosis in the Prime of Life

“It’s probably a blocked milk duct,” Erin Eklund-Pierce thought when she noticed the lump in her breast—a likely explanation for a 28-year-old breastfeeding mom with no family history of breast cancer. When the lump got bigger, she decided to have it checked out. A biopsy revealed the baseball-size lump to be triple-negative infiltrating ductal carcinoma—a [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

From Database Manager to Data-Generating Subject

Heather Geye knows cancer research. As a database manager in the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, this self-described “data nerd” tracks the progress of head and neck cancer patients at the University of Wisconsin and helps faculty and residents conduct clinical research and analyses of [...]

By |July 29th, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

A High-Quality Life Despite a Rare and Challenging Disease

Karl Harter’s face was unexpectedly red and swollen when he awoke—the latest development in a long history of living with late-stage adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC). “Sorry to bother you guys on a Sunday morning …” began his email to the two University of Wisconsin doctors who have treated him for the past 18 years. They [...]

By |July 28th, 2016|Patient Story|4 Comments

A Triathlete Endures

Editor's Note: Terry Stebner passed away in June 2019 after a long and hard fought battle with head and neck cancer.  Accomplished endurance athlete Terry Stebner wasn’t too worried about the lump in his neck at first. He noticed it shortly after completing his ninth Ironman Triathlon, thinking it was simply a “kink”—nothing that a [...]

By |July 28th, 2016|Patient Story|2 Comments

Rare Cancer Doesn’t Ground National Guard Pilot

Flying a fighter jet can subject a pilot to nine times the force of gravity, which can force blood from the brain to the lower parts of the body and cause unconsciousness. Fortunately, the anti-G straining maneuver, in which the pilot flexes his or her legs and torso can prevent this danger. As a long-time [...]

By |July 26th, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments