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  • top cancer doctor
      Lee Hyde, 65, is a patient of Dr. Perez for the second time. The first was for treatment of a blood disorder in 2011, for which he was successfully treated. After treatment, Lee and his wife Sharon moved to Elko, where they were living when Lee was diagnosed with melanoma in March of 2016. He initially consulted with a few other oncologists nearby before returning to Dr. Perez. Why not go...
  • Cancer Patient
      Drusilla “Dru” Beveridge, a 73-year-old Carson City resident, was not surprised when she was handed a cancer diagnosis two years ago. The symptoms she had prior to a routine colonoscopy led her to believe something was not right. “I was told that I had stage 2A rectal cancer,” Dru said. “I was fine though. I’m a very strong person. I have Jesus, and I have family and friends who are very...
  • Cancer Patient
    Last month, we shared information on ways to support a friend or family member who is battling cancer. In addition, Sierra Nevada Cancer Center patient Paula Steinmetz was kind enough to share her advice and experience. Now, patient Bill Wadding shares his thoughts on this very important subject.   Be Open To Kindness By Bill Wadding   When I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, the first...
  • Cancer Patient Support
    Last week, we shared five tips on how friends of cancer patients (or other serious diseases) can support their friend during battle and recovery. We reached out to Paula Steinmetz, a patient of Dr. Perez with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (a rare autoimmune disease), who has some pertinent insight and words of wisdom to share. Continue To Be A Friend By Paula Steinmetz   I have an invasive...
  • The Best Revenge Is Living Well
      Linda Jenkins was no stranger to cancer—her husband had been undergoing treatment for lymphoma and she was his caregiver. But after a routine mammogram in 2010, she got news she was not prepared for. “I had felt a little lump underneath my arm so I told them about it. They immediately did a biopsy and within a day, they determined it was breast cancer,” Linda recalled. “I was in total shock.”...
  • Lung cancer survivor
    For years, Bill Wadding had a persistent dry cough. Each year at Bill’s routine physical exam, the cough was attributed to reasons like post-nasal drip and a side effect of his heart medicine.   “In 2013, my wife threatened me,” Bill recalled. “She said if I didn’t pursue the cause, she would come with me to see the doctor.” So Bill discussed the cough again with his doctor, who agreed to order...
  • hematology patient
    Paula Steinmetz, a healthcare educator, has led a very healthy life. In fact, a burst appendix as a child and childbirth were her only reasons for being in the hospital until last year. “I’m a busy person and I am almost never sick,” said the 63 year old. “But then, last year I got a virus that took a long time to get over. Even when I finally did, I still didn’t feel like myself,” Paula...
  • Breast Cancer Survivor
    Trisha Bergman, a physically active, bike-to-work bookkeeper from South Lake Tahoe, has been a patient of Sierra Nevada Cancer Center since 2010. The fact that she wound up under the care of Dr. Perez came as a complete surprise to her. “I don’t usually get sick,” said the 52 year old. “Before this, I had never had a doctor other than my general practitioner.”  But in 2010, Trisha developed a...
  • breast cancer patient
    Victoria Allan of Fallon, Nevada is a medical surgical nurse who loves caring for others. But a few years ago, she wasn’t doing a very good job of taking care of #1. She knew something was wrong with her body, and she was pretty sure it was breast cancer. “I was in denial for about a year,” said the now 71 year old. “I knew what I had was serious. It was a little painful but I handle pain well...
  • Richard Erickson
    In the early ‘90s, Richard Erickson received news no one ever expects to hear: “You have cancer.” What’s worse, his type (follicular cancer) was incurable. “I was told back then that my cancer was 100 percent fatal within 10 years,” the now 69-year-old said. “I said, ‘Is it 100 percent or 99 percent? I volunteer to be in the 1 percent.’” That was 25 years ago. Follicular Cancer’s Idiosyncrasy...

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