Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Signs and symptoms often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss, and possible bowel obstruction. Other complications may occur outside the gastrointestinal tract and include anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, and tiredness. Crohn's disease is caused by a combination of environmental, immune and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. It results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens.
In this patient testimonial, Bill Garber describes his return to normalcy following a total laryngectomy. Diagnosed with throat cancer in early-2010, Garber required surgery after radiation treatment proved ineffective. Surgeon Namou Kim, Physician Assistant Allison Seamon, and Speech Language Pathologist Joanne Fenn describe Garber's winning personality and the motivation that resulted in his quickly learning esophageal speech. Garber "can't say enough about Swedish (Cancer Institute)". For more information about the care team visit http://www.swedish.org/Physicians/Namou-Kim, http://www.swedish.org/Physicians/Joanne-Fenn, and http://www.swedish.org/Physicians/Allison-Seamon.