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Patient Stories

A Big Win for Weight Loss

Shant Kiyork struggled with his weight for years. He dieted, exercised, lost weight, and inevitably gained back what he lost and then some. Fearing that his own attempts to control his ever-greater weight were failing, he chose to have laparoscopic gastric banding surgery, commonly called lap-band surgery, in 2006. The lap-band was appealing to Shant Read more

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Stellar Cancer Therapy

Type A Meets Big C As John Gaebel relaxes in a subtle flower-patterned chair at his home in Mission Viejo, CA, he thinks about how lucky he is. Gaebel, who towers above most people at 6’4”, has genuine joy in his eyes as he talks about his life — his career, his upcoming travel plans Read more

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A Weighty Decision, An Uplifting Result

Up until last year, Carisa Malanum had tried everything to lose weight. From fad diets to manic exercise regimens, the now 42-year-old had racked her brain and her wallet to get the pounds to come off. But nothing was getting better. Carisa, who works at the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board to bring conventions Read more

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