Charles, a 77-year-old from Lenexa, Kansas had emergency gallbladder surgery on Christmas Eve 2014. After the surgery, his physician noticed a suspicious spot on his lung during a routine CT scan. Charles, who never smoked and has been in good health, was sent home with three months of blood thinner, as the spots were thought to be a blood clot. When the spots did not go away, Charles was sent by his primary care physician to Daniel Balmaceda, MD, pulmonologist at Overland Park Regional Medical Center where a biopsy was recommended which determined the spot to be adenocarcinoma of the lung. » Read more about Charles


Gary, a 61-year-old from Spring Hill, Kansas, was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer on September 5, 2014. Gary has been fighting his cancer, which has now metastasized to his brain, alongside Drs. Stilwill and Koffman, board-certified oncologists at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. » Read more about Gary

Marilyn Coleman

Marilyn Coleman - the 62-year-old is now cancer-free and thinks her victory over the disease is largely due to the CyberKnife® treatments she had at Menorah Medical Center. CyberKnife is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of cancer anywhere in the body. It delivers beams of high-dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy and as the Coleman's found out, is a beacon of hope for cancer patients. » Read more about Marilyn Coleman

Marlene Krakow

Local philanthropist and cancer survivor, Marlene Krakow, shares her story of healing, courtesy of She was treated for cancer by Bradley Koffman, MD, a radiation oncologist and medical director of the CyberKnife Center at Menorah Medical Center. » Read more about Marlene Krakow