Banking on Cancer Research

Michael Rodio | June 12, 2014 | Harper Cancer Research Institute

Harper Hall, home of the Harper Cancer Research InstituteHarper Hall, home of the Harper Cancer Research Institute

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA— Lisa Stripling’s cancer diagnosis arrived on August 14, 2012, as such news often arrives: without much warning and without much time to react.

The uterine and ovarian cancer in her body was a serious threat. Dr. Michael Rodriguez, Stripling’s oncologist at Michiana Hematology Oncology, recommended a complete hysterectomy as soon as possible. Even with a successful surgery, Stripling would still need chemotherapy and both internal and external radiation. 

Yet in a way, Stripling’s grim diagnosis arrived in the right place at the right time. In addition to a speedy surgery, Rodriguez had a second recommendation: Stripling could be one of his first patients to donate any surgically-removed cancerous tissue to the Harper Cancer Research Institute, where it wtheyould be stored in a tissue bank and used for cancer research.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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