Patient Testimonials

Keith's Story
Melanoma Patient

In October 2021, Keith Guernsey was diagnosed with melanoma after visiting his dermatologist for suspicious spots on the back of his neck and right clavicle. He was referred to Dr. Nicole Kounalakis of Melanoma & Sarcoma Specialists of Georgia.

Having previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer and multiple myeloma Keith said, “My first reaction was ‘not again!’". “Dr. ‘K’ made it so easy! She removed all the melanoma in a six-hour surgery… I have felt great ever since!

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Keith is undergoing immunotherapy once a month to ensure the melanoma doesn’t return. He says he feels better “at 69 years young than at any time since I stopped playing hockey at 28.”

When asked about his experience at Northside, Keith said, “Everyone was so kind and attentive to my needs.”

As a three-time cancer survivor I feel it is important for me to give back I have joined the leadership team of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life,” he added. “I would encourage everyone to join us in helping to rid the world of this horrible disease.”

After returning home following his multiple myeloma treatment, Keith sent this video "Thank You" to his health care heroes at Northside for their unwavering care and patience throughout his recent cancer stay.