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Always great to hear!"My name is Mike Ryan and I retired from the Fire Dept. after 32 years in 2006. In 2007 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which has been in remission since 2010. Around 2010, I noticed tenderness in my collarbone which led to many years of the medical field trying to figure out what caused my condition. In late 2017, my doctor finally referred me to the UCSF medical team for further analysis. In May 2018, I was diagnosed with "Undifferentiated Sarcoma of the Chest Tissue.” After learning of the diagnosis and imminent surgery, I turned to the SF Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation for guidance. I contacted Tony Stefani and he, in turn, set me up with Jeff Malone. Jeff was very thorough in questioning me about my condition. It was difficult for him since this was a rare type of cancer. He persisted with his research and what my avenues were to address this disease. He put me in contact with Judy Lynch, RN, and she went over my UC records, explaining everything I was about to encounter. I had a 10 hour surgery with a hospital stay in August and radiation treatment in November of 2018. Judy and Jeff were always in contact, both in the hospital and when I returned home. They still follow-up on my condition to find out how things are going with the UC oncology team. To date, there seems to be no spreading or recurrence of my cancer. In addition to helping me, Judy helped out, guiding my wife through her own diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
My family and I are eternally grateful to the team at SFFCPF. Their dedication and concern for me was extraordinary. Thanks to Tony, Jeff, and Judy for a wonderful job in helping me."
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