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With Profound Appreciation, Thomas

Thomas Jackson suffered a massive seizure due to a brain tumor he didn’t even know was there. He arrived at the University of Vermont Medical Center Emergency Department unconscious. Watch this video of Jackson's difficult road to recovery and his gratitude to staff for the care he received.

Cancer Stroke Patient Stories

11 Mammogram Questions You’re Too Shy To Ask

Breast health experts Kim Dittus, MD, and Michelle Sowden, MD, of UVM Medical Center’s Breast Care Center join Mammography Team Leader Brittani Trombley, of UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center, to answer the 11 breast care and preventive health questions they’ve heard from their patients.

Cancer Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer: What We Know Today

Every two minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. The good news? Significant scientific advancements in the past few decades mean earlier detection and better treatment.

Cancer Women’s Health Breast Cancer

The Best Colorectal Cancer Screening? The One You Get Done

Colorectal cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, but can be caught early and prevented with one simple step: screening. One of our experts explains the options.

Cancer Colorectal Cancer

Geri Ann’s Story: Don’t Delay Your Mammogram

"A routine mammogram may have saved my life."

Cancer Breast Cancer

When it comes to colorectal screenings, there’s no time like the present

In the United States, colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or rectum – is the second most common cancer affecting both men and women. It is also the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both Vermont and New York, despite being largely preventable. Unlike many cancers, colorectal cancer can be caught early and


Which test should you take for colorectal cancer screening?

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of death. Screening for colorectal cancer is important because when it is found at an early stage, it can frequently be cured. There are many choices for colon and rectal cancer screening in the average risk population. Average risk refers


A Doctor Shares: What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

With Jesse Moore, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon at the University of Vermont Medical Center The American Cancer Society estimates approximately 100,000 new cases of colon cancer and 45,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed each year. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, but it is


Malignant Melanoma and Music

I noticed the spot in late October – deep black and the size of a pin prick, in one of my freckles. Every time I took a shower my eyes were drawn to it and I’d think “that’s weird”. My family doctor took a photo of the spot and within a week I was sitting


From a Cancer Survivor: Learning How To Let Go

“Let go of what no longer serves you.” Before I received a breast cancer diagnosis in early 2018 at age 41, I had been trying to figure out what this means for me. As I now understand cancer to be interconnected with energy trapped in vulnerable parts of your body, wreaking havoc and leading to


Toni’s Story: My Son’s Leukemia

Our son was diagnosed with leukemia two days before his fourth birthday. In an instant, our world revolved around learning about his disease, treatments, medicine and test results. This is Toni's story.

Children's Health Cancer Leukemia Patient Stories

Bell Ringing for Pediatric Leukemia Remission

Bell Ringing. Those words sound so simple, yet mean so much. To most, a bell ringing sounds like nothing special, but to my family it was everything. Hosting a bell ringing meant that my son Spencer did it – he beat leukemia!

Cancer Children's Health Leukemia Patient Stories

Supporting People with Cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis at age 41 in 2018 tore my life apart and then put it back together again. Cancer presents serious physical, mental, emotional, and financial burdens, which are difficult to understand unless you have experienced it personally. Living in rural Vermont with family and friends far away made it even more difficult.


Taking steps to fight cancer – with exercise

A new report highlights a growing body of evidence showing that regular exercise may help you survive if you have cancer, while also preventing certain types of cancer. The report, from the American College of Sports Medicine’s Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer, summarizes a “substantial accumulation” of new data over the past decade and concludes


A Patient Learns to Breathe Again After Lung Cancer

Mike Scrodin of Colchester, VT, is a veteran who served in the Vietnam War and came to Vermont in 1990 from Colorado. In October 2016, he got a diagnosis that changed his life. This is his story in his own words. How did you learn that you had lung cancer? Mike Scrodin: I was a


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