Cancer & Clinical Services Patient Stories

Below are a series of first-person accounts from the OSUCCC – James cancer patients who wished to share their journey, in the hope that they may provide future and current patients with additional hope, strength and a deeper understanding of the overall cancer journey.

Learn more about people's experiences at the OSUCCC – James by reading stories about our clinical trial patients and volunteers.

Benign Hematology

Jennifer Cox

With attentive care from her OSUCCC – James treatment team, Jennifer Cox has learned to manage von Willebrand disease, an inherited bleeding disorder. Read More

Mark Sulzman

Born with severe hemophilia, Mark Sulzman sought out benign hematology experts at OSUCCC – James to help him manage the disorder with the most advanced treatments. Read More

Brain Cancer

Ron Fichthorn

Ron Fichthorn never spent a day in the hospital his entire life until the day he found out he had a brain tumor. He found the treatment and care he needed at the OSUCCC – James and hasn’t looked back. Read More

Breast Cancer

Susan Tallentire

After the initial shock of her diagnosis, Susan Tallentire decided she was — and is — a breast cancer survivor. She credits the steady support of her family, students and The James team. Read More

Endocrine Cancer

Harry Cashy

When business owner Harry Cashy found out he had neuroendocrine cancer, some doctors gave him only two years to live. Then experts at the OSUCCC – James started guiding his care. Read More

Paul Pezley

Paul Pezley came to The James to receive treatment from two of the world’s top thyroid cancer experts. His recovery has been challenging, but the quality of his care has given him comfort. Read More

Gastrointestinal Cancer

Denis Mangen

A second opinion from Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD, at the OSUCCC – James gave Denis Mangen five more years with his family and doing the work he loves at Insurance Auto Auctions in Drexel. Read More

Genitourinary Cancer

Charles Ruma

After Charles Ruma developed testicular cancer, he underwent treatment at the OSUCCC – James to remove it. And then he started a nonprofit organization to help raise funds for cancer research. Read More

Ken McNutt

Ken and Suzanne McNutt held their wedding reception at OSU more than 50 years ago. They found the kind of life-saving prostate cancer care Ken needed and the bedside manner they wanted at the OSUCCC – James. Read More

Gynecologic Cancer

Diane Crawford

After Diane Crawford developed cervical cancer, she underwent a radical hysterectomy at the OSUCCC — James to remove it. And then she started a nonprofit organization to help other women prevent it. Read More

Sandra Miller

At first, Sandy didn’t think much about the persistent stomach cramps. Then a CT scan revealed a fibrous tumor in her uterus. For treatment, she turned to the OSUCCC – James. Read More

Head & Neck Cancer

Christy Burdette

When Christy Burdette, a registered nurse, needed surgery for a skull base tumor, she did her homework and, despite the long drive from home, chose the OSUCCC – James. Read More

Keith Conroy

When Keith received a tongue cancer diagnosis, he couldn’t believe it. He made his living talking to business executives and wondered if his career was over. Then he called The James. Read More

Leukemia

Barb Mindel

A bone marrow transplant at the OSUCCC – James brought leukemia survivor Barb Mindel a clean bill of health, more time with her children and the gift of a new friend. Read More

Tina McMannis

After a successful bone marrow transplant, acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor Tina McMannis knows how fortunate she is that the OSUCCC – James was nearby. Read More

Tom Robinson

After a routine blood test came back with results he didn’t expect, Tom Robinson found himself fighting for his life. He credits the experts at the OSUCCC – James with saving it. Read More

Lung Cancer

Jared Gordon

After tests revealed that Jared Gordon’s prolonged cold was in fact stage IV lung cancer, some doctors gave him only six months to live. Jared then turned to the OSUCCC – James for a second opinion. Read More

Kimberley Scott

Kimberley Scott received an individualized treatment at the OSUCCC - James and is now a lung cancer survivor. Read More

Lymphoma

Anita Bartlett

Receiving information and detailed answers to questions rates high with lymphoma survivor Anita Bartlett, who felt involved in the management of her cancer. Read More

Sarcoma

Bill Mason

Bill Mason thought the lump in his back thigh was just a strained muscle. Finding out instead that it was a rare, soft tissue sarcoma, he found the specialty and expertise he needed to heal at the OSUCCC — James. Read More

Skin Cancers

Kelly Bishop

After Kelly Bishop learned she had melanoma, she received treatment that included surgery and immunotherapy from the OSUCCC – James. Now, she considers her treatment team family. Read More

Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program

Angela Poynter

Angela Poynter’s aplastic anemia required a bone marrow transplant. She turned to the OSUCCC – James doctors, who performed a successful transplant that helped her resume a healthy life. Read More

Joel Rice

A bone marrow transplant at The James not only saved Joel’s life; it inspired him to become a nurse practitioner and join the team cancer experts who saved his life. Read More

Joseph Ogden

When Joseph Ogden learned he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he insisted on receiving his bone marrow transplant at the OSUCCC – James, and he credits his expert team with saving his life. Read More

Oncology Rehabilitation

Bonnie Halterman

When Bonnie Halterman, 80, learned she had triple-negative breast cancer in 2009, her first reactions were shock and sadness. Then she asked herself an extraordinary question. Read More

Reconstructive Surgery

Kathy Hummel

When Kathy Hummel found out she had stage II breast cancer, her OSUCCC – James treatment team moved swiftly to perform cancer-removing and breast- reconstruction surgery in one coordinated operation. Read More

Robotic Surgery

Amy Ervin

After finding out she had endometrial cancer, Amy began a quest to find the top experts and hospital. Multiple sources and recommendations pointed her to Dr. Fowler at the OSUCCC ­– James. Read More

Jan Frutal

Seeking a second opinion after her first cancer treatment, Jan met with Enver Ozer, MD, one of the first surgical oncologists to perform robotic surgery for head and neck cancers. Read More

Make an Appointment

800-293-5066

Please enter a keyword (i.e. Name, Cancer Type) or choose a Principle Investigator

OR

Please enter a keyword (i.e. Name, Location) or choose a Cancer Type

OR

Find a Location

Search by Building Name, Doctor Name, or ZIP code

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

460 W. 10th Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43210

800-293-5066

What to Expect at The James

Patient and Visitor's Guide

Get information about your stay, amenities, visitor information and more


Your First Appointment

Know what to bring, how to prepare and what to expect at your first appointment


Patient Education Resources

Read from a library of resources designed by experts to help you answer questions and make informed decisions