Patient Story

‘The place I needed to be’

When cancer claimed her husband, Courtney Appel found solace in becoming a patient advocate.

Patient Story

‘A brand-new life’

When a spot showed up on David Kidder’s lung X-ray, he turned to a minimally invasive approach for his biopsy and surgery.

‘Art will heal the world’

Boarded-up windows in downtown Grand Rapids become paintings promoting justice and unity. Spectrum Health is there to support.

Patient Story

‘Tears of joy’

Holsey James battled his way back from cancer and cardiac arrest to earn a spot on the lung transplant waiting list and a renewed life.

Patient Story

‘One of the most beautiful things’

Cancer survivors are celebrated virtually with messages of hope, flowers and a grove of trees.

Patient Story

‘You have to move from empathy to action’

A drive-up option for cancer treatments serves patients' needs during the pandemic.

Immunotherapy drug for breast cancer?

In experimental trials involving patients with an aggressive form of breast cancer, the drug Keytruda led to improved outcomes.

Patient Story

‘The greatest feeling ever’

Little Tinley never stops smiling—from adoption as a baby through months of leukemia treatments and, now, a happily ever after.

Could promiscuity up cancer risk?

Having more sexual partners could increase your exposure to problematic viruses.

Chest radiation can tax the heart

During therapy and long afterward, a commitment to physical activity could be the best way to improve quality of life.

Patient Story

‘I realized I had to take care of myself’

Nancy Wolters learned the hard way that preventive care is crucial after she put her own health on the back burner to take care of her family.

A new approach to glioblastoma?

More aggressive surgeries that target the tumor and its surrounding tissues could improve survival period.

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