Patient Stories

Suse Skinner, 70, who is receiving treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia at OHSU, talks with Drs. Brian Druker and Uma Borate. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

The hope of targeted therapy

Joe and Jodi Whitton at their home in Newberg, OR.

Jodi Whitton's family took her to a nearby hospital to be treated for what they thought was a bad case of pneumonia. It was there that she learned she had Stage 4 lung cancer. The attending physician offered little hope, advising her to go into hospice care. Joe Whitton, Jodi's husband of 48 years, was unwilling to accept the news: "If she wasn't here, I don't know what I'd do. I'd be lost." The couple decided to seek a second opinion. The Whittons turned to OHSU where they met with Dr. Gary Takahashi. Today, Jodi is cancer free. Read more

A performance to remember

Suse Skinner wrote and performed a song to thank the staff who have helped her during treatment.

Suse Skinner lights up the room with her smile, positivity, and humor. A breast cancer survivor, she is now battling acute myeloid leukemia. In August 2016, she was admitted to OHSU for her first induction chemotherapy session where she underwent 24/7 chemotherapy for six days followed by six weeks of recovery. Suse wrote and performed the song, "The Good Ship OHSU" to demonstrate her gratitude to everyone on her care team: the nurses; her physicians Dr. Uma Borate, and Dr. Rachel Cook; the cafeteria staff; and the people who keep her room "comfortable and clean." Read more