John J. Woog, MD – Rochester, MN

We are honored to share the remarkable story of Dr. John Woog, a retired ophthalmologist from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who unexpectedly found himself facing advanced stomach cancer in 2007. Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks in his treatment journey, including Stage 4 disease with liver metastases, Dr. Woog ultimately found hope through experimental chemotherapy. Since 2010, he has been fortunate to live without evidence of disease.

In collaboration with his wife Maryanna, Dr. Woog published a book titled “Facing Cancer with Hope: Suggestions for Patients, Caregivers, and Patient Advocates Based on a Surgeon’s Own Cancer Journey.” This story offers invaluable recommendations and lessons from their experience, aiming to support and empower cancer patients and their families.

Dr. Woog’s inspiring story and dedication to supporting cancer patients and their caregivers align perfectly with DDF’s mission. We are grateful for his willingness to share his story and support our mission of supporting patient and caregiver education, scientific research, and advocacy initiatives.