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A Familiar Face at Moffitt

Diane was once a patient at Moffitt Cancer Center, and now as a volunteer, she listens to patients and caregivers express their challenges. Read More

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Community Without Borders

When the war broke out in Ukraine, Halyna was no longer able to continue treatment for melanoma. She found her way to Tampa and Moffitt Cancer Center. Read More

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Patient and Family Orientation Helps Reduce First Visit Anxiety

A patient advisor recalls his experiences as a new patient at Moffitt and decides to volunteer in the orientation program to help others. Read More

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‘The Stereotactic Radiosurgery Procedure Experience Was Just Amazing’

Ina was referred to Moffitt Cancer Center, where she learned about a new treatment option called stereotactic radiosurgery. Read More

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Patient's Perspective: Running Scared and the Wake-Up Call

After being in denial about his prostate cancer diagnosis, James Ridley finally decided to become his own advocate and began doing exhaustive research on alternatives to surgery. Read More

Dottie Patient Story

'I'm Sharing my Story with the Hope to Inspire Strength and Courage'

Dottie says she felt numb hearing the word cancer but after meeting with Dr. Mitchel Hoffman she knew she had made the right decision to come to Moffitt for uterine cancer treatment. Read More

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Artemis' Story: There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel

Artemis encourages other LGBTQ+ patients to find the light by actively seeking mental health support and connecting with loved ones. Read More

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Amanda’s Story: Cancer Was the Toughest Thing I Have Had to Overcome

Amanda was on a mission to try out for the Olympics when she found out her cancer came back. "I am so much stronger, wiser, and I have a different outlook on life now," she says. Read More

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Diversity Within the Patient and Family Advisory Council

Bárbara is giving back by serving on Moffitt’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The group comes together monthly to provide feedback on patient services and programs. Read More

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After Misdiagnosis, Patient Finds Pain Relief Thanks to Minimally Invasive Surgery

After several misdiagnoses, Katie is referred to Moffitt Cancer Center and learns that the cause of her back pain is a large tumor on the lower right-hand side of her back. Read More

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Mucosal Melanoma Survivor Thankful for Immunotherapy Treatment

As a young woman facing vaginal mucosal melanoma, Lena was determined to get treatment at a top-rated cancer center. Read More

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Patient Story: Being Nonbinary

"I share my story because I hope someone like me will connect with it," says Jen. Read More

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Building a Dream One Step at a Time

When Amy Bondon first learned about Miles for Moffitt, she was in no state to compete in the event. But she set a goal to complete it, one step at a time. Read More

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A New Look at Magnolias Salon

After her first visit to Magnolias Salon, Lisa Assetta says she was ready to face the world with her new hairstyle. Read More

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Lucky and Grateful

I am an Ewing's sarcoma survivor. I was diagnosed when I was 32. I had no experience with cancer except for what I had seen on television or in movies. Read More

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Cervical Cancer Patient Grateful for Immunotherapy Clinical Trial

Misty, who had a rare type of cervical cancer, found hope after enrolling in a clinical trial involving tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy. Read More

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Fatima's Story: Moving Forward One Day at a Time

Fatima shares her journey with cancer through the AYA program at Moffitt Cancer Center. Read More

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Bedside Art Visit During COVID-19 Yields a Special Birthday Gift

Moffitt's Artist in Residence Cat Thomas shares a special encounter with a patient and a surprise birthday gift they made together. Read More

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Patient Shares Tips on Coping with a Long Hospital Stay

Megan Wing, a Ewings Sarcoma patient, shares tips on how to make the most of a long hospital stay during cancer treatment. Read More


Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Brought Renewed Hope To Lung Cancer Patient

My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last year and know without a doubt that I would not be alive today if we had not sought treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center. Read More


Through the Lens of a Lung Cancer Patient Advocate

"I did not know of anyone with cancer and had no knowledge of lung cancer or any treatment I would need," remembers Sandra. Read More


Natalie's Story: 'It's Not in Me to Give Up Now'

Want a glimpse into the life of a young patient with stage 2 breast cancer? Check out Natalie’s poem. Read More


My Cancer Journey: Patient Perspective from Pat McCrea, Breast Cancer Survivor and Moffitt Team Member

Hear from Pat McCrea, a patient and Moffitt team member who underwent treatment here at Moffitt for triple negative breast cancer. Read More


8 Questions with Moffitt Patient and Professional Wakeboarder Alexa Score

"For me the act of 'surviving' isn’t one single accomplishment, like having no cancer or growing your hair back. Surviving, to me, is a way of life," says Alexa Score. Read More


Salute to Survivors Honoree Gets Surprise Guest - Brother Emmitt Smith

Marsha Smith-Hill, a breast cancer survivor, had a quite a memorable time at the Rays-Orioles game on Saturday. Read More


Chad's Story: 'There is Life After Cancer'

Chad, a two-time sarcoma survivor, says having personal goals during treatment – something that didn’t involve cancer – was helpful. Read More


Moffitt Patient Brings Relief to Others with Port Pillows

After Rhonda heard fellow patients share stories about not wearing their seatbelts because the seatbelt put pressure on their port, she came up with a plan to help them. Read More


Fanny's Story: I Have a Strong Spirit

"My friend pushed me really hard to come here, and even recommended a specific doctor for me. We are really grateful to her for recommending Moffitt," says Fanny. Read More


Ashley's Story: Paying it Forward

My journey to becoming the new co-chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council began five years ago at the age of 27 when I walked through the doors at Moffitt for treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia. Read More


Patty's Story: How She Became 'Great Friends' With Her Radiation Mask

After completing radiation therapy, Patty had her radiation face mask painted and discovered that it changed her outlook about the treatment. Read More


Scott's Story: 'I Still Get Emotional When I Come Here'

Scott was first diagnosed with esophageal cancer in October 2015. We had a chance to sit down him and ask about his experiences at Moffitt. Read More


Head and Neck Cancer Can’t Silence Local Lawyer

To see him now, you’d never know the battle Tampa attorney Buddy fought outside the courtroom. For more than 30 years, the lawyer relied on his voice to help individuals and businesses navigate the bankruptcy process Read More


John's Story: Giving Back Through Music

"Upon walking into Moffitt Cancer Center, it did not feel like any other hospital I had ever been to," says John, a throat cancer survivor. Read More


Tara's Story: I’m so Happy to be Sick

Tears well up in Tara’s eyes as she remembers the medical team telling her it was probably just a cyst and nothing to worry about, but as she peered through a half-open doorway she saw her image on the screen with a large mass lit up. Read More


Couple Says 'I Do' in the ICU at Moffitt Cancer Center

Ena's fiancé, Steven, didn’t know if they were going to see the wedding day they’d been planning for months. He decided then and there he wanted to marry her right away. Read More


30 Years Later, She'll Always Be 'Little Miss Moffitt'

Thirty-year-old Morgan is a catering coordinator in Atlanta, but to the team at Moffitt Cancer Center, she’ll always be “Little Miss Moffitt.” Read More


Brandon's Story

Receiving a melanoma diagnosis came as quite a shock to Brandon after two dermatologists told him that the mole on his right temple was of no concern. Read More


Two-Time Cancer Survivor and Pearl Harbor Survivor Reflects on 75th Anniversary

George Kondas is a hero, an inspiration and a reminder to never give up hope as America remembers the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Read More


Elise's Story: A Present Wrapped in Strange Packaging

Stage 4 pancreatic cancer survivor Elise says she would not trade her journey with cancer for anything. Read More


Dawn Shares Her Story

At the age of 36, Dawn was in the best shape of her life. Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a triathlete, so when she began experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath she didn’t know what was wrong. Read More


Julie's Story

Julie had a procedure known as mini-Associating Liver Partition and Portal Vein Ligation, or ALPPS, which promotes rapid growth of the liver and makes removal of all cancerous lesions safe and possible. Read More


Emerald's Story

"What I've learned through this experience is to listen to your body. Don't ignore the warning signs. Just because you are young doesn't mean it can't happen." Read More


Pamela's Story

My dogs helped get me through the toughest fight of my life. In early 2014, when I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, I was 38. Read More


92-Year-Old Celebrates Last Round of Radiation with Sweet Sound of Success

The musical melodies of sleigh bells, church bells and school bells don’t resonate like the sweet symphony of a bell ringing in Moffitt’s radiation department. Read More


Harriett's Story

When Harriet’s cancer returned she was comforted knowing her Moffitt team was with her every step of the way during her treatment. Read More


Betty's Story

After being misdiagnosed for five years, Betty encourages everyone to be aware of your “normal” in order to help the experts with your care. Read More


Robert's Story

When Lieutenant Robert was diagnosed with testicular cancer, it had already spread to his lungs and his lymph nodes. He was devastated, but his fiancé and family kept his hopes high. Read More


William's Story

“I’m here because Moffitt is the place to be. You can’t ask for much more.” Read More


Sonja's Story

When Sonja learned of her sarcoma diagnosis she knew one thing: she was not going down without a fight. Read More


Marty's Story

Being a father is the most important job Marty has. He’s determined to show is kids that cancer can be fought. Read More


Tina's Story

Since cancer had never come up in her family history Tina was shocked to learn of her leukemia diagnosis. She appreciates that her Moffitt team was always available to answer her questions. Read More


Karen's Story

After losing her mother and aunt to breast cancer, Karen understood the importance of frequent screenings. Read More


Judy's Story

Judy chose to participate in clinical trials not only to fight her ovarian cancer, but in the hopes that others would benefit from these studies as well. Read More


Paul's Story

After recovering from his bone marrow transplant, Paul decides to give back to Moffitt as the Patient Advocate involved in building the McKinley Outpatient Center. Read More


Anna's Story

Throughout her chemotherapy treatment Anna kept her eye on the prize. Read More


It is Never Too Late to Learn How to be a Caretaker

Kenneth Susalla’s experiences with cancer have molded him into the caregiver he is today. Read More


Larry's Story

As a father with young children Larry knew he only wanted to be treated by the “best and the brightest.” He put his full trust in Moffitt’s expert staff. Read More


Jackie's Story

Jackie discovered how valuable it can be to find others who can relate, not just sympathize, with her cancer diagnosis at Moffitt’s AYA Program. Read More


Hazel's Story

As a young mother with cancer, Hazel had a lot of questions and concerns. Through the utilization of Moffitt’s resources Hazel and her family were able to find the support and answers they were looking for. Read More


Angela's Story

In 2008 Angela, then 30 years old, found she had acute myeloid leukemia. A new mother with a responsible job writing training manuals, she immediately was put into isolation and underwent inpatient chemotherapy followed by seven months of outpatient chemotherapy at Moffitt. Read More


Rachell's Story

Rachell was a 24-year-old newlywed hoping to start a family when was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Read More