Patient Stories

Our expert physicians, nurses and laboratory scientists are working around the clock to find new treatments to conquer colorectal cancer at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The following colon, appendix and rectal cancer patient experiences represent a snapshot of the remarkable challenges and triumphs these individuals and their families faced as well as the comprehensive care provided at Johns Hopkins.

  • Vanessa's Story

    "I cried so hard I saw stars."
    — Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy patient Vanessa Johnson-Brandon recalled her reaction when she was told she qualified for a colon cancer immunotherapy trial. After treatment, her tumors shrunk by 66 percent.

    Vanessa Johnson-Brandon
  • Jason's Story

    Colorectal cancer patient, Jason Cherish and Team Bear explain why they are "making waves" to fight cancer. The team is raising money to participate in Swim Across America Baltimore, which provides funds for cancer research at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

    Jason Cherish
  • Mike's Story

    Learn how software engineer Mike Douglas overcame advanced appendix cancer with help from the specialized surgical team at The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

    Mike Douglas and son Andrew