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Cancer puts life in perspective

Cancer puts life in perspective. Daily inconveniences become insignificant in comparison to the things that truly matter. For Alexis Quance, it's having the chance to experience life as a normal teenager. For David Headley, it's strengthening the bond with his family. For Mercedes Velasquez, it's continuing to be the same mom to her children. 

Diane Harris Wright

"As with many women who get diagnosed with ovarian cancer, my initial symptoms slipped by my primary care doctors, so by the time I was diagnosed, my situation was urgent. From day one, my Massey doctors acknowledged the critical nature of the disease, but were also extremely confident in their recommendations for treatment. Knowing my treatment options were stemming from the latest in cancer research gave me an enormous amount of encouragement."

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Junius Hayes

After working three decades to bring about scientific and technological advances through jobs at NASA and the Department of Energy, Junius was presented with the opportunity to become the first patient in the United States to participate in a clinical trial at Massey testing a new radiation device for the treatment of prostate cancer. He jumped at the chance when he learned that the device was made of materials that he helped develop for other applications. After eight weeks of radiation with the device, Junius received a clean bill of health and feels better than ever. "If I’m able to help advance science in any way, then I’m thrilled to have participated."

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Linda Powell Pruitt

"I have learned on my [cancer] journey that you need fierce doctors who are passionate in their desire to cure your cancer. And Massey is full of fierce doctors. That’s why my friends and colleagues were able to tell me that the best place for my diagnosis was literally just down the street."

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