Patient Stories

Michael told me that I would have to fight for my life and that this was not going to be easy.
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When the Division of Colorectal Surgery prepares for surgery resulting in an ostomy, they also plan for its reversal.
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The good news though? I have just become something of a phenomenon – a four year survivor of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer – I am still officially “NED” – No Evidence of Disease… Some of the staff at NYP call me “The Miracle Man.”
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Meet Chris, who suffered for years from Achalasia, a disease that prevented him from swallowing food or even water. An endoscopic procedure called POEM gave Chris his life back.
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Four children in New York will get to grow up with their mother, thanks to a donor halfway across the nation.
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How the worst day of his life led to one patient's rebirth.
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The last time we checked in with Ralph and Mariann Cheney, they were recognized with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCan) Randy Pausch Award in March of 2010. As prominent activists in the pancreatic cancer community, they continue to demonstrate their passion and dedication for the bettering of society. Now, five years after receiving the Randy Pausch Award, they have been awarded the 2015 Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Public Service Award for their continued advocacy, support, and leadership within the pancreatic cancer community.
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Adam’s eyes were darting around the room observantly, periodically stopping as if something in particular had piqued his interest. It had been only a minute since I first met him, and I could already tell his mind worked quickly – especially for an 11-year old. Approximately two weeks earlier, I had received a bundle of letters and drawings in the mail from Adam.
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Although 9 out of 10 patients with colon cancer are over age 50, young patients are not immune. In this moving video, Adalis Martinez shares her story of getting colon cancer at age 21.
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