Michael Rodio | June 12, 2014 | 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.