Funding Priorities - Cancer/Oncology
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
One out of three Americans will develop cancer at some point in our lives.
In 1996, 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Strategic Air Command Ed Mikulecky was referred to Sutter Medical Center oncologic surgeon Gregory M. Graves M.D., after his chest X-ray looked suspicious. Ed recalls the doctor saying, “I have your file here and I’ve seen the pictures. And yes, I can help you.”
It turns out Ed had lung cancer in the form of non-small cell carcinoma. After traditional surgery to remove the upper lobe in his right lung, there was no sign of cancer for the next six years.
Then, a six-month checkup scan showed the cancer had returned. Again, Ed remembers hat Dr. Graves calmly looked over his tests and told him not to worry. “He said, ‘I’ve got more tricks up my sleeve than I did six years ago. We’ll get you taken are of.’”
As a pioneer in radiofrequency ablation (RFA), Dr. Graves was certainly well prepared to do just that. RFA is one of the mot promising advances in many years. This innovative technique treats cancer tumors directly using heat-generating probes.
The Rosemont area resident successfully underwent the procedure a few days later and was home the same day.
Thanks to the support of people just like you, Sutter was able to deliver the very latest and highest quality care to Ed – just as we do with all those in greater Sacramento who come through our doors. Regardless of their age, background, or economic status.
We’ve cared for Ed Mikulecky every step of the way over the past 14 years. As Ed says, “There’s been evidence of carcinoma throughout the years, but Dr. Graves keeps his eye on it. I know that without Dr. Graves and Sutter, I wouldn’t have had a shot of being alive.”
Ed’s doing just great. In fact, he and his devoted wife Laura stay more active than many people half their age.
I'm asking you today to make a tax-deductible gift of $25, $50, $75, $100, or more to Sutter Medical Center. We put donors' charitable donations to work meeting the most serious and urgent health needs of our community. Cancer is among our highest funding priorities.
One out of every three Americans will develop cancer at some point in our lives. Cancer has now surpassed heart disease as the top killer of Americans younger than 85.
In response to this situation, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has created a wide array of outstanding cancer programs and services. Sutter puts the finest tools in the hands of experts who understand that the disease affects not just the body, but the mind and spirit, as well. With comprehensive programs and services designed to address the physical, mental and emotional aspects of cancer, we care for thousands of Northern Californians annually.
We rely on contributions to help us reach out with ground breaking technologies and compassionate care, whatever a person’s illness or condition. Your help is crucial to ensure that Sutter Medical Center continues to uphold our tradition of excellence. So we can give the chance for a healthy future to more local residents.
Your contribution will touch the lives of many grateful patients.
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