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Cancer Patient Stories

Cancer patients experience a unique connection with their care team at Adventist Midwest Health. Here are a few of their stories.

'We're here for a brief period of time and we have to live life and enjoy it as best we can'

A cancer diagnosis didn't stop Burr Ridge resident Arnie Kupec from enjoying his life, which includes carefully tending to his garden. Hear what this Adventist Hinsdale Hospital patient thinks about living with cancer.


Lung cancer surgery patient looks forward to many more years

Robert Bilek, 89, of Westmont is a two-time cancer survivor – prostate and bladder – with a goal to live until he’s 110, which would beat out his uncle, who died at 108.

That's why Bilek is certain he’s also beat lung cancer, thanks to a lifesaving operation performed by Dr. Michael Liptay, chief of thoracic surgery at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Continue reading Bilek's story.



‘The staff and physicians really cared about me as a person – not just my body but my mind and spirit also.’

Kathy Fancher was very familiar with Adventist Midwest Health’s Hinsdale Imaging Center. Not only did she get her annual mammograms there for the past 10 years, but it’s also where her husband, Gary, worked as a technician overseeing CT scanning.

“I knew the people there were very nice,” the 44-year-old Downers Grove resident said. But it wasn’t until Fancher found out she had a lump in her breast and begun cancer treatment that she more fully experienced the HIC staff’s care and concern. Continue reading Fancher's story. 


'Early detection most certainly saved my life'

As the holidays approached in 2009, Joyce Bryant, regional director of Pre-Access for Adventist Midwest Health, attended a meeting for work at Westmont Imaging Center. When she mentioned she was overdue for a mammogram, employees at the center immediately brought her to be tested.

“As soon as I mentioned that it had been a while since my last mammogram, I was ushered into the room right then and there,” said the 54-year-old Naperville resident. “The staff at the imaging center demonstrated that they are focused on early breast cancer detection. Though I never had breast cancer symptoms, early detection most certainly saved my life.” Continue reading Bryant's story.


'I felt that the nurses and technicians really cared about me'

Bolingbrook photographer John Randall is working, caring for his 8-year-old daughter and planning future mission trips thanks to a new chemotherapy treatment he received at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

When Randall developed a thumb infection, the word cancer didn’t cross his mind. A month later, when his calf spontaneously bruised and swelled, he went to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s emergency room, fearing he had a blood clot. Continue reading Randall's story.