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Breast Cancer Patient Stories

Kathy Petrozelli

Breast Cancer

Kathy Petrozelli

Breast Cancer

When Kathy Petrozelli found out she had breast cancer in 2005, she was shocked even though she screened for it every year since her mother had breast cancer. After genetic testing revealed she was a carrier of a genetic mutation that increased her risk for breast cancer and recurrence, she sought a second opinion at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She first opted for a lumpectomy and then a hysterectomy to rule out her chances for getting ovarian cancer. Later, she underwent a simple bilateral mastectomy, which she, at first, tried to avoid. Kathy's final treatment at Fox Chase was in 2013, and today she is cancer free, though she still follows up regularly with her doctors. "I will never forget what the doctors at Fox Chase did for me and for my family. There is no doubt in my mind that they saved my life," she said. "I was impressed with everyone at Fox Chase. They proved to be some of the most compassionate, caring people I’ve ever met."

Kathleen Marchek

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Kathleen Marchek

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

One cancer diagnosis is bad enough. Two in the same month is really over the top. But that’s exactly what I faced in August 2009 at the age of 54. I was a teacher at the time and was very involved in an afterschool program called Read to Succeed. Our daughter had just graduated from Penn State in May of 2009 and was planning to move home until she found employment.

Laura Marblestone

Breast Cancer

Laura Marblestone

Breast Cancer

Because Laura Marblestone's mother lost her fight with breast cancer at the age of 43, Laura regularly performed breast self-exams. In 1991, she was diagnosed with encapsulated metastatic carcinoma, and a friend recommended she seek treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. After a mestectomy and a round of chemotherapy, Laura was considered cancer free, but in 2006, she found a lump in her right breast; the cancer had returned. She underwent a second mastectomy, chemotherapy, and breast reconstructive surgery. "Even though it took me three months to recover, I would do it again in a heartbeat," she said. "The doctors at Fox Chase were thorough--they didn't leave a stone unturned."

Novella Lyons

Breast Cancer

Novella Lyons

Breast Cancer

Novella Lyons was well aware that women who have immediate relatives with breast cancer are at increased risk of developing the disease themselves. So when her mother died of breast cancer, Novella knew that breast cancer was a real threat.

In 1993, when Novella was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was treated at one of Philadelphia's large city hospitals.

Novella shared these thoughts with a friend who suggested she have her follow-up care with the doctors at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Shari Lynn

Breast Cancer

Shari Lynn

Breast Cancer

In 2002, Shari Lynn's husband, Mark, accepted a new job in another state. Together, Shari and Mark made the decision to move their family from New York to Pennsylvania. Shari was like many other moms in her situation. In preparing for the move, she scheduled routine doctor appointments on Long Island so they would not feel pressured to find new physicians right away.

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