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Colorectal Cancer Patient Stories

Joseph McGrath

Colorectal Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

Joseph McGrath

Colorectal Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

As soon I got to Fox Chase I could tell I was in good hands. The doctors all felt authentic and I could see that they truly cared about my individual situation, especially Dr. Esnaola, who led my care.

Giuseppe Leo

Colorectal Cancer

Giuseppe Leo

Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Esnaola gave me a second chance – a second life. I thank God for him. 

My cancer is now in remission, and I come to Fox Chase every three months for a checkup to make sure it stays that way.  Cancer left me feeling and looking almost dead. But after the care I received at Fox Chase, I now look and feel like I did before. 

Diane Smith

Colorectal Cancer

Diane Smith

Colorectal Cancer

In September of 2015, Diane noticed something unusual - blood in her stool. Obviously concerned, she made an appointment with her local gastroenterologist who performed a colonoscopy in March of 2015. The test revealed a 2-inch bleeding polyp on her colon. The doctor initially diagnosed Diane with hemorrhoids because she had none of the common symptoms of colon cancer such as weight loss or stomach pain.

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Alison Kovalchik believes that her positive mindset, staying active, her fantastic friends, supportive family and her faith all played a positive role in her life.

“In 2016, I turned 60 years old but I tend to believe I am still in my thirties,” Alison shares. “I have two incredible and supportive children. My son is 29 years old and works in the field of anthropology and archaeology, and is an avid mountain biker. My daughter is 27 years old. She is a voice-over actor and Pilates instructor and artist.”

Mary Anne Barlow

Colorectal Cancer

Mary Anne Barlow

Colorectal Cancer

Mary Anne Barlow says she has a strong faith and every day does her best to make this world a better place. She has worked as a parole officer, a drug and alcohol counselor and currently runs a non-profit to help at risk pregnant women. “I believe that the Lord leads me to help others,” says Mary Anne.

Mary Anne is also a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. In 2011, Mary Anne was diagnosed with rectal cancer. She believes her faith has kept her on a positive path and believes that positive thinking has played a strong role in her improving health.

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