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As a urologist I treat patients with kidney cancer. The treatment of this disease has changed radically in the past 20 years. And this week I performed a new technique that meant the patient left surgery with no tumor and a totally uncompromised kidney to show for it.
VIDEO: Mary Bridge Children's Hospital was filled with Christmas spirit on Friday night, all thanks to one little girl, a four-year-old who is quite familiar with the hospital. Her only wish was to play Santa's helper and give gifts to children who won't make it home for the holidays.
A $1 million donation from Norman and Barbara Simon will improve access to holistic care as part of cancer treatment at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center locations throughout the South Sound.
Cancer survivor Jennifer Taylor stayed near her young kids for treatment, while her doctors stayed connected to the latest and best medicine. "They saved my life," she said. "They made it possible for me to be here for my kids."
MultiCare Regional Cancer Center has been recognized by the Association of Community Cancer Centers with the 2011 Innovation Award for improving the patient experience.
MultiCare leaders decided they wanted the health system to play an increasing role in advancing medicine. In 2010, they opened the MultiCare Research Institute in Tacoma. Program Director Richard Shine recently discussed the new program.