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Breast Cancer Patient Stories

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.

Audrey Lam

Breast Cancer

Audrey Lam

Breast Cancer

Born in Hong Kong in 1957, Audrey Lam traveled to the United States as a young adult in order to further her education. After earning a doctoral degree in School Psychology, she was the first Chinese bilingual school psychologist to work in the School District of Philadelphia. In December 2010, at the age of 52, Audrey suddenly felt her world turn upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer (ductal carcinoma). Her doctor recommended a mastectomy with an option of immediate breast reconstruction. Audrey decided to ask for a second opinion.

Deb Kolanko

Breast Cancer

Deb Kolanko

Breast Cancer

Deb Kolanko truly believes that everything in life happens for a purpose and reason. On that note, she believes her cancer diagnosis was just part of her bigger plan. In June 2012, Deb was enjoying retirement and preparing for the birth of her first grandchild. “I was extremely busy with  life and the fun things it had to offer … family, friends, my puppies, and of course, planning for the little one who was due in June,” said Deb, who added “life could not get any better.” Her beautiful granddaughter Madeleine was born on June 13.

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