Double Cancer Diagnosis Leads Arizona Couple to Mayo Clinic for Care

<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-35384" src="https://mdthinks.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/double-cancer-diagnosis-leads-arizona-couple-to-mayo-clinic-for-care.jpg" alt=" When Vincent and Sandra Streech were diagnosed with cancer, the husband and wife turned to the Mayo Clinic. The pair has each received treatment through clinical trials, and nowadays the future seems more promising for both. "width =" 805 "height =" 453 "/>

When Vincent and Sandra Streech were diagnosed with cancer, the husband and wife turned to the Mayo Clinic. The pair has each received treatment through clinical trials, and nowadays the future seems more promising for both.

When Vincent Streech was diagnosed with lung cancer he knew that he would be in the fight of his life. After the failure of his initial treatment, the doctors gave him a year to live. Refusing to give up hope, however, he sought alternative treatment options, which brought him to Mayo Clinic .

"For me, it would be reputation more than anything else … The Mayo Clinic is well known around the world," says Vincent, pondering his decision to seek treatment at the Mayo Clinic campus in Arizona . Oncologist Helen Ross, MD

"Vincent had treatment elsewhere before coming to see me, and his cancer was first operated, and they hoped it would solve the problem," says Dr. Ross. "But unfortunately, he had a few small patches in his lungs that over time turned into other tumors, a sign of metastatic disease."

According to Vincent's situation, Dr. Ross felt that he would be a good candidate to participate in a clinical trial .

"He had already undergone chemotherapy after the initial surgery, which was the next type of treatment," says Dr. Ross. "He was an excellent candidate to move on to something new, especially something that specifically targeted cancers like his."

Vincent says that he and his wife, Sandra, have appreciated that Dr. Ross and an integrated team of specialists are working together on his treatment options. The depth of clinical trials offered at the Mayo Clinic campus in Arizona was an important factor in their decision to choose a treatment at Mayo Clinic.

"I do not think we could have gotten the same treatment, the same care we received at Mayo elsewhere, I think we are where we need to be." – Sandra Streech

"The way I see a clinical trial is that you have great minds that are exploring different ways of dealing with things," Sandra says. "Vincent went through three of them, the first two were not effective, the one on which he is now is stabilized."

While Vincent continued his treatment, the couple received another blow. Sandra felt a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer . She also sought care on the campus of the Arizona Mayo Clinic. Her oncologist, Donald Northfelt, M.D. told her that she too was qualified to participate in a clinical trial. The treatment could shrink its tumor.

"By the time she came to consult, we had clinical trials that tested new pre-operative anti-estrogen strategies to cure her condition," says Dr. Northfelt, deputy medical director of the Mayo Breast Clinic . in Arizona. "We felt that following his participation in this study, his tumor became smaller, which made surgery easier and more effective."

Sandra says she was relieved of her shrunken tumor, so she was able to opt for a lumpectomy procedure .

"I was fortunate to have access to researchers and to have had the chance to have a surgeon in Dr. Barbara Pockaj " said Sandra. "It was just a wonderful experience in Mayo, I do not think we would have been able to get the same treatment, the same care we received at Mayo elsewhere, I think we are exactly where we need to be."

Learn more about the story of Vincent and Sandra Streech in the video below.

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