July 23, 2015

When Colon Cancer Threw Dona a Curve Ball, Her MD Anderson Cooper Team Hit It out of the Park

When Colon Cancer Threw Dona a Curve Ball, Her MD Anderson Cooper Team Hit It out of the Park

Dona knew something wasn’t right for a while. After a colonoscopy at the Cooper Digestive Health Institute—part of MD Anderson Cooper — she learned she had colon cancer. With the support of her husband Pete and two teenaged children, she went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment with little interruption to her daily routine. Today, back to work full-time and coaching her daughter’s softball team, Dona considers herself lucky to have found her team at MD Anderson Cooper who worked seamlessly to get her back to health and the pleasures of everyday life.

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May 18, 2015

Brandi’s Story: Heart’s Electrical Problem Gives Runner Pause

For 41 year old athletic trainer Brandi Docket, running was a way of life. From starting as a hobby to becoming a way to lose weight after giving birth to her children, it gave her a sense of accomplishment. A couple of years ago, however, Brandi started experiencing what she calls “episodes,” where she became heavy in the chest, dizzy and light headed. The episodes would only last a few minutes, but they were concerning for her and her doctor. She was referred to the Cooper Heart Institute for testing.

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April 15, 2015

The Hawks’ Story: Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Impeccable Customer Service Experience

“They treated us as if we were the only people at Cooper University Hospital,” says Barbara Hawk. Archibald Hawk is a United States Veteran. However, when prostate cancer struck, this Marine Corps veteran with the tough exterior was stopped in his tracks, unsure of what direction to take. After researching for three years, Mr. Hawk […]

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March 19, 2015

Dan’s Story: Cardiac Arrest and the Transfer That Saved His Life

Dan’s Story: Cardiac Arrest and the Transfer That Saved His Life

One evening while watching television with his wife, Betty, Dan Oliker took a strange, deep breath and fell limp. His heart had stopped; he was in cardiac arrest.

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March 09, 2015

After Triple Bypass and Aortic Valve Replacement, Steve’s Heart Belongs to Cooper

SJ Businessman Has Life-Changing Heart Surgery at Cooper Steve Ravitz is a prominent South Jersey businessman. With more than 50 years in the supermarket industry, not much rattled this entrepreneur—until he heard the words “heart surgery.”

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