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Breast Cancer Patient Stories

Angela Fedele

Breast Cancer;  Kidney Cancer;  Pancreatic Cancer

Angela Fedele

Breast Cancer;  Kidney Cancer;  Pancreatic Cancer

In 1983, Angela Fedele was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time she was going through a divorce. This 42-year-old mother of four felt that her whole life was crumbling apart. "I felt totally alone and full of despair," shared Angela, who put her health in the hands of her surgeon. After the mastectomy to remove the cancer, Angela tried to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. Little did she know this was just the beginning of a long journey with cancer that would span more than two decades.

Gina Conners

Breast Cancer

Gina Conners

Breast Cancer

"In 1997 I was 42 years old, married, living on a horse farm and in excellent health. I had a good job working as a contractor for a large Philadelphia corporation," explains Gina Conners. The last thing Gina was thinking about was breast cancer. She had a baseline mammogram when she was 40 and it was fine.

Gina's husband, on the other hand, was battling CNS Lymphoma. "Between work, the farm and taking care of him, I put my health on the back burner," said Gina.

Norma Snyder

Breast Cancer

Norma Snyder

Breast Cancer

In 1991, Dr. Mary Daly, a medical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, created the Family Risk Assessment Program, to research the genetic risk of certain types of cancer. In order to get the program off the ground, she needed to recruit participants in the program.

Teresa Palumbo

Breast Cancer

Teresa Palumbo

Breast Cancer

In 2007 I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at a local community hospital. 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...My husband, Nicholas, thought that I should seek an appointment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. 

Rosalie Fox

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Rosalie Fox

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

I was first treated at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1990 after blood tests during my annual physical showed that I was anemic. Further testing revealed a blockage that was caused by colon cancer. I made up my mind immediately that I wanted to be treated at Fox Chase. I had heard the line ‘all we do is cancer,” and I knew that where I should be treated. My daughter, a nurse, wanted me there also. I was 69 years old.

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