Patient, Caregiver and Staff Stories

Mike Levine

Despite a diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer and ongoing chemotherapy, Mike Levine trained to compete in one of the most grueling of physical competitions: the Ironman World Championship. When Mike's cancer spread to his lungs he began end-of-life planning. But a second opinion at Moores Cancer Center gave him one more chance to compete in the sport he loves.

Leigh Ingram

After several years of trying, the Ingram family was going to have a new addition. But just as Leigh started her second trimester, she got more life-changing news: a diagnosis of stage IV tonsil cancer. To save her life, Leigh was advised to terminate the pregnancy. A second opinion at UC San Diego Health provided other options. Today, Leigh and their baby daughter are healthy.

Susan Rooney

After surgery and chemotherapy proved ineffective for her brain tumor, Susan Rooney joined a clinical trial testing a new drug – one of several leading edge therapies offered at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. Read her story.

Chris Kerwin

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a dad and athlete wasn't sure if he would make it to Thanksgiving. Now, after working with Dr. Paul Fanta and Dr. Andrew Lowy, he is back to being active and spending quality time with his family.

Armondo Lopez

Despite several negative biopsies for prostate cancer, Armondo Lopez’s PSA blood levels kept rising. His doctor, J. Kellogg Parsons, suggested an MRI-guided biopsy. The new technology helped locate an aggressive prostate cancer while it was still completely curable.

Kay Mueller

Kay Mueller had a routine breast exam, Pap smear, and colonoscopy when she turned 50, never expecting that anything could be wrong—let alone a diagnosis of Stage 3 rectal cancer. Follow Kay through her treatment and surgery with Dr. Sonia Ramamoorthy.