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Breast Cancer Patient Stories

Irene Cohen

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Irene Cohen

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

I was 50 years old in 2002 when a routine mammogram detected a mass that turned out to be breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy at a community hospital and decided to have follow-up radiation therapy at Fox Chase.

Renee Dratch

Breast Cancer

Renee Dratch

Breast Cancer

At 41 years old, I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer. It was July 2011.

Janet Blair

Breast Cancer

Janet Blair

Breast Cancer

I was 62 years old in January 2014 when a routine mammogram detected a cluster of calcifications in my left breast. Further testing showed that I had stage 3 breast cancer. I was scared and knew I needed to make some decisions.

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

Linda Snow was active, maintained a healthy diet, and underwent genetic testing, followed by two double mastectomies and a hysterectomy. So she was shocked that even with all of these precautionary procedures that she still got breast cancer. Linda sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she met with her treatment team. After a long road, she is now cancer free and credits her survival to Fox Chase. "Where you start your cancer treatment really does make a difference," said Linda. "You have got to act with a sense of urgency because it can mean the difference between life and death. I unequivocally believe that I am alive today because I chose Fox Chase."

Karen Lucas

Breast Cancer

Karen Lucas

Breast Cancer

For more than 20 years, Karen Lucas has been diligent about getting annual mammograms, as well as yearly visits to her OB/GYN. At the age of 65, during a routine mammogram in August 2012, the test showed calcification in both breasts.

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