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Raymond Bebak - Patient Story

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"I am feeling great today, and I can thank the skills of Dr. Uzzo and the staff at Fox Chase."

— Raymond Bebak, Kidney Cancer Survivor

I am a mechanical engineer and have worked at Boeing for more than 20 years. As an engineer, I embrace new technology, and so I wanted my cancer treatment to be conducted by experienced surgeons who would use the latest technology and most sophisticated tools.

In the summer of 2009, I had begun experiencing an unusual pain in my side. When the pain worsened, I made an appointment with my family doctor who ordered a CT scan. The scan revealed a malignant mass on my kidney. I knew I needed the best cancer care I could possibly get.

I did some research about where I should seek treatment and found that Fox Chase Cancer Center was listed in the U.S. News and World Report as a top hospital for cancer. My sister’s friend, a physician, suggested that I make an appointment with Robert Uzzo, MD, FACS, chairman of surgical oncology at Fox Chase.

Fox Chase was quick in scheduling an appointment to me, and I met Dr. Uzzo, who was a fantastic man and knowledgeable doctor. After discussing my condition in more detail, giving me time to understand everything, and explaining treatment options, he recommended that I undergo a minimally invasive nephrectomy to remove my kidney.

My procedure was exactly what I could have hoped for from a surgery. Dr. Uzzo’s technique was great, and my surgery was successful with a remarkably quick recovery. I missed only one month of work after the procedure. A few days before I returned to work, I went on a 16-mile bike ride. I love being outdoors and continue to enjoy biking, golfing, skiing, camping, and playing ice hockey, and I love that I was able to continue all of that even after having cancer.

After my surgery, Dr. Uzzo enrolled me in a state-of-the-art international study that looks at the newest diagnostic tests, and I have been pleased to participate. Everyone at Fox Chase was great, and I was more than happy with my entire experience there. The staff was informative and so nice. I am feeling great today, and I can thank the skills of Dr. Uzzo and the staff at Fox Chase.

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