“It is difficult to decide when you have been told you have a very aggressive cancer and you need to deal with it now.”

“I chose UI Health Care because of family and friends who spoke highly of the care they received.”

Jim's aggressive cancer had a tumor likely to spread to other areas of his body. His urologist discussed the procedure and told Jim the treatment would be equally aggressive.

“He scheduled my surgery earlier than normal and then moved it up a week. Needless to say, I was very pleased.”

Jim’s surgeon brought in a second surgical specialist to see that Jim’s bladder and nearby lymph nodes were free from cancer. Back at home, Jim contacted the hospital two nights in a row at 2 a.m. with questions.

“I talked with a doctor on the urology team who was familiar with my case. The advice I was given was helpful. At no time did I feel abandoned, even though I was two hours away.”

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