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Bladder Cancer Patient Stories

Joan Windish

Bladder Cancer;  Ureteral Cancer

Joan Windish

Bladder Cancer;  Ureteral Cancer

I had my annual check-up with David Y.T. Chen, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, in January 2017. Dr. Chen told me I was doing well and that I remain cancer free eight years after surgery.

Wilmot Jobes

Bladder Cancer

Wilmot Jobes

Bladder Cancer

Upon learning he had bladder cancer from a urologist who recommended treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Wilmot Jobes scheduled an appointment and never looked back. After undergoing a surgical procedure to remove and replace his bladder, Wilmot has made a full recovery. "Dr. Chen is an outstanding doctor who not only saved my life but also preserved my quality of life," he said. "I am also grateful to the medical team at Fox Chase who taught me how to catheterize myself if there was a medical emergency and educated me about what I needed to know about changes to my body."

Donald Sechler

Bladder Cancer

Donald Sechler

Bladder Cancer

In his construction-related job, Don Sechler is a can-do guy who solves problems all day long. But one problem he didn't expect to confront was a diagnosis of bladder cancer. "I'd always been healthy," says Don. "I knew nothing about bladder cancer, or cancer period. It doesn't run in my family. I pretty much thought it was never going to hit me. Then boom."

Joseph Lindsay

Bladder Cancer

Joseph Lindsay

Bladder Cancer

My family felt it was important that I seek a second opinion before starting any treatment.

Arnie Shachnovitz

Bladder Cancer

Arnie Shachnovitz

Bladder Cancer

Living life after bladder cancer has its challenges.  But for Arnie Shachnovitz, maintaining a positive attitude and staying close to other people in the same situation at the Ostomy Support Group at Fox Chase Cancer Center has made all the difference.

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