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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. 

Connie Madison

Connie was shocked when she learned that she had stage III pancreatic cancer. Her daughter-in-law, Heather, quickly discovered that Massey was one of only a handful of cancer centers in the nation that offered a specialized clinical trial for pancreatic cancer.

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Micky Hale Smith

"Cancer would have been unwelcome news under any circumstances, but I was within two months of completing my graduate degree and didn’t want to get off track. Being on the clinical [trial] provided a [treatment] schedule that was less disruptive to my other goals and commitments and also gave me the opportunity to provide data that could be of benefit to subsequent patients. The clinical team worked hard to help me attain my graduation goal. I’m so glad to have received my care downtown at Massey. It was easy to get to, and the free valet parking was very helpful. The culture was warm and friendly."

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Rebecca Spivey

"Our lives will never be the same [after a cancer diagnosis]. My perspective as a mother and a wife has been forever impacted by this experience. But, thanks to the treatment I received at Massey, I’ve been given a priceless gift — time to be a mom and watch my children grow up."

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