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Treating the whole patient with personalized medicine is at the heart of our cancer program. We thank those community members who took time to share their experiences.

Cindy: Hula dancing prevented fatigue during treatment for breast cancer Richard: Shares the benefits of finding cancer care close to home.
Cindy, a fitness instructor, shares how her journey with breast cancer was complicated because she had elected not to get a mammogram. "I had none of the risk factors that you would expect," said Cindy. "I was a non-smoker, non-drinker. I was in very good shape. I was at a healthy weight. I ate healthy." Had her cancer been detected early she "would have had the option to have maybe just a lumpectomy and radiation rather than radical surgery and chemotherapy," she said. When receiving treatment, Rick often played his guitar. He also took advantage of all the complimentary support services such as emotional counseling, support groups, patient navigation and massage.
Tim: Prostate cancer treatment Roger: Detecting Multiple Myeloma
A Fort Collins based photographer, who just completed radiation therapy for prostate cancer, was asked how he knew something was wrong. "There were no symptoms. And that's the scary part. Prostate cancer doesn't tell you when to go to the doctor because you don't feel a thing."

Roger shares the story of detecting multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. He credits being alive today because he caught it early through regular early detection screenings.

Ryan: Colorectal Cancer Patient perspective of radiation therapy
Ryan, experienced symptoms, got screened and caught colorectal cancer early. He discusses the initial fear of a colonoscopy and the importance of overcoming it. One of the first patients to be treated with Colorado's first TrueBeam STx documents his experience with the goal to give others an idea of what it's like. The patient wore the helmet cam from entering the radiation oncology clinic through to walking back out the door at the completion of his treatment. One of the patient's inspirations for the video came from wanting to share how relatively quick and easy the process proved to be.
Jesse: Testicular Cancer Keith: Able to mountain bike during treatment due to advanced technology
Jesse shares his journey with testicular cancer, from the symptoms, to detection, to treatment, to remission. He discusses what a surprise this diagnosis was as many of the typical cancer risk factors such as smoking and drinking did not apply to him. Diagnosed with sarcoma, Keith searched throughout the U.S. for the best place for cancer care. He found it close to home in Fort Collins, CO. He received radiation with the TrueBeam linear accelerator, regarded as the world's most advanced technology for treating cancerous tumors. The therapy reduced and eliminated many side-effects so that he was able to mountain bike throughout his treatment.



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