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Troy’s Testimonial: ‘Out of 5 Stars, They Get 6’

Troy’s Testimonial: ‘Out of 5 Stars, They Get 6’

Troy Sheldon has something to say, and he’d like to shout it from the rooftops. The 53-year-old resident of Alexandria, Kentucky, has seen what excellent healthcare looks like, and he wants people to know that it’s here at UC Health. A year out from a diagnosis of brain cancer, Sheldon wants to publicly give the…
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Troy’s Story: Proton Therapy for Brain Cancer

Troy's Story: Proton Therapy for Brain Cancer

Troy Witt, 65, a London, Kentucky resident and a self-proclaimed “country boy,” says he loves his family, fishing, woodworking and riding on his tractor. But all of these activities have been put on hold since spring 2016 when Witt’s watery eye led him to his optometrist. “He must have seen something in the back of…
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Bob’s Story: Recurrent Glioblastoma

Bob's Story: Recurrent Glioblastoma

Glioblastomas come back. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, but they always come back. “That’s the nature of GBM,” says Bob Kehm, a four-year survivor from West Chester, Ohio. For Kehm, 65, the brain cancer returned this summer, four years after his initial surgery at the Brain Tumor Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute….
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Jim’s Story: Acromegaly / Pituitary Tumor

Jim’s Story: Acromegaly / Pituitary Tumor

Four years later, Jim’s story just keeps getting better. Because four years after being treated for a pituitary tumor at the UC Brain Tumor Center, Jim continues to feel better and better. The size of his head has gone down. It would no longer fill, as one of his children once observed, a 5-gallon bucket….
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Lynne’s Story: Brain Metastasis

Lynne’s Story: Brain Metastasis

Semiretired and working part-time at a restaurant, Lynne knew something was amiss when she looked at the cash register and then struggled to make her hands produce the correct amount of change. Could she have suffered a stroke? Lynne pushed the thought aside until one of her daughters insisted on taking her to a hospital,…
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Brian’s Story: Meningioma

Brian's Story: Meningioma

“Carefree” is the word Brian uses to describe his life back then. He was 39 years old, happily married and the father of three children under the age of 5. “Life was busy, but that felt normal,” he says, reflecting. “The only lingering health issue was consistent headaches for a period of two-plus years.” That…
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Jerry’s Story: Spinal Tumor

Jerry’s Story: Spinal Tumor

On an ordinary day in February 2009, John M. Tew, MD, got one of the true surprises of his career. He was seeing patients in his Mayfield Clinic office on the University of Cincinnati medical campus when an unexpected guest arrived. Jerry, a retired law enforcement officer from rural Kentucky, walked into Dr. Tew’s office…
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    • Jim’s Story: Acromegaly / Pituitary Tumor

      Jim's Story: Acromegaly / Pituitary Tumor Four years later, Jim’s story just keeps getting better. Because four years after being treated for a pituitary tumor at the UC Brain Tumor Center, Jim continues to feel better and better. The size of his head has gone down....
    • Lynne’s Story: Brain Metastasis

      Lynne's Story: Brain MetastasisSemiretired and working part-time at a restaurant, Lynne knew something was amiss when she looked at the cash register and then struggled to make her hands produce the correct amount of change. Could she have suffered a stroke? Lynne pushed the...
    • Jerry’s Story: Spinal Tumor

      Jerry's Story: Spinal Tumor On an ordinary day in February 2009, John M. Tew, MD, got one of the true surprises of his career. He was seeing patients in his Mayfield Clinic office on the University of Cincinnati medical campus when an unexpected guest...
    • Bob’s Story: Recurrent Glioblastoma

      Bob's Story: Recurrent Glioblastoma Glioblastomas come back. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, but they always come back. “That’s the...
    • Brian’s Story: Meningioma

      Brian's Story: Meningioma “Carefree” is the word Brian uses to describe his life back then. He was 39 years old, happily married and the father of three children under the age of 5. “Life was busy, but that felt normal,” he says, reflecting. “The only...
    • Troy’s Testimonial: ‘Out of 5 Stars, They Get 6’

      Troy’s Testimonial: ‘Out of 5 Stars, They Get 6’ Troy Sheldon has something to say, and he’d like...
    • Troy’s Story: Proton Therapy for Brain Cancer

      Troy's Story: Proton Therapy for Brain Cancer Troy Witt, 65, a London, Kentucky resident and a self-proclaimed "country boy,” says he loves his family, fishing, woodworking and riding on his tractor. But all of these activities have been put on hold since spring 2016 when Witt’s...