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Teresa Palumbo - Patient Story

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"The doctors at Fox Chase gave me my life back."

— Teresa Palumbo

In 2007 I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at a local community hospital. My surgeon performed a lumpectomy on my left breast and also removed 11 lymph nodes. I underwent chemotherapy and radiation after surgery to reduce my chances of a recurrence. 

One year later I was diagnosed at another community hospital with a metastasis of the breast cancer to my brain and was given 3 months to live. The doctors said there was nothing they could do for me.

My husband, Nicholas, thought that I should seek an appointment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. I met with the radiation oncology team who recommended treating the tumors with stereotactic radiosurgery, which is noninvasive and delivers a single high dose of radiation to the tumor. Everyone I met at Fox Chase was compassionate and professional.

I responded well to the treatment, and by the fall of 2007 I was able to resume my full-time job as a kindergarten teacher at Our Lady of Grace in Penndel. I get so much pleasure from my student, and I really missed them while I was out.

I believe that my recovery was due, in large part, to the overwhelming support of the school faculty and the ‘angelic power’ of the prayers of children. I feel that I escaped disaster and experienced a miracle when I dodged that bullet. Faith is very important with healing. I attend Mass at our church every day, and my husband and I visit and pray regularly at The Shrine of Saint Katherine Drexel.

After my treatment at Fox Chase, several people diagnosed with brain tumors have contacted me. They are desperate for help, just like we were. We recommend Fox Chase to everyone who asks. The doctors at Fox Chase gave me my life back.

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