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Cancer Screening - Bill Garl: Patient Stories
Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2012 Treatment team: Franciscan Cancer Center, Northwest Medical Specialties, Tacoma Valley Radiation Oncology
“During a routine exam my doctor recommended I get a colonoscopy and endoscopy. So I scheduled those tests. The colonoscopy came back normal, but the endoscopy showed a mass in my esophagus that turned out to be cancerous. I had radiation and chemotherapy followed by surgery. I encourage all of my friends to visit their doctor. I felt like a million bucks before the diagnosis and never would’ve known I had cancer if I hadn’t been screened. The cancer is now gone.”