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Since the Swedish Cancer Institute first opened its doors, we’ve been honored to play a part in the lives of thousands upon thousands of cancer patients. As we accompanied them on their journeys to become cancer survivors, we’ve been impressed time and again by the wisdom, strength, and beauty of their thoughts and words. And so we’d like to share them with you in the hope that you will come away with a renewed sense of peace and optimism about your own journey.


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Patient Stories Hope - Videos

Debbie Cavitt

Debbie makes a convincing case for why breast self-exams and mammograms can save your life, just as they did hers.

Nancy Haunty

Facing the uncertainties of stage IV cancer has been a lot easier with the medical and emotional support of Dr. Kristine Rinn.

Nancy Abramson

The secret, Nancy says, is to accept help. Let people cook you a meal or rake your leaves. It's a gift for the recipient and the giver.

Mina Williams

Mina was impressed with how Swedish and Dr. Saul Rivkin listened to her and took her goals seriously. Now she reports, So far, so good!