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Patient Testimonials

Read the stories our patients wrote about their experience and journey through Summa's Cancer Care Center. 

Carol Thoman

Carol Thoman , Breast Cancer

Carol Thoman is an optimist. Her optimism didn’t waver when she heard a diagnosis of breast cancer. "I knew I was going to beat it," she says without hesitation. While an optimistic attitude is important in the fight against cancer, Carol had another reason to be positive — her team at Summa Cancer Institute. Read more

Brandi Reece - Breast Cancer Survivor, Akron OH

Brandi Reece, Breast Cancer

Brandi Reece knows the importance of early detection. In 2008 she found a lump in her breast. With no family history of cancer and no apparent risk factors, Brandi thought it was just a cyst. But, not wanting to take any chances, she scheduled a breast exam with her physician. Digital mammography and ultrasound at Summa Health System revealed that Brandi has Stage 2 breast cancer. Read more

Valerie Horton

Valerie Horton, Breast Cancer

When Valerie Horton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, she chose a doctor with Summa who came highly recommended by friends who worked at other medical facilities. With technology and specialized services in the treatment of women’s cancers, she felt confident in choosing Summa. Read more

Dale Kurzen, Cancerous Soft Tissue

When Dale Kurzen noticed a lump on his arm, he called his doctor the next day and was referred to Scott Weiner, M.D., chairman of the department of orthopaedics at Summa Health System.  “I was very glad to find out he was an orthopaedic oncologist and a real specialist in his field.” Kurzen recalled. Read more

Megan Loparo, Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Two years ago Megan Loparo felt so run down, she thought she might have mono. But Summa hematologist Dr. Andrew Haas discovered something much worse: acute myeloid leukemia, a very aggressive cancer of the blood. Read more