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Colorectal Cancer Patient Stories

Janet Meyer

Colorectal Cancer

Janet Meyer

Colorectal Cancer

In 2014, I had my five-year CT scan and follow-up visit with Jeffrey Farma, MD, FACS,  my surgical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Farma actually used the words ‘cured’ and ‘cancer free’ to describe my health at that visit. It was a wonderful feeling to be that far out from my initial diagnosis of stage 2-B colon cancer.

James Myrtetus

Colorectal Cancer

James Myrtetus

Colorectal Cancer

I had already been experiencing intermittent blood in my stool for about six months when I raised my concerns with my primary care doctor. She referred me to a gastrointestinal specialist who ordered a colonoscopy at a community hospital near my home in Bucks County. That colonoscopy at age 50 likely saved my life.

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.

James Slade

Colorectal Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

James Slade

Colorectal Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

I was in my early 60s when my first PSA blood test detected slightly elevated levels, and I was advised to be retested 8 months later. When the levels increased 50% on the second test, my doctor in New Jersey performed a biopsy. The diagnosis was prostate cancer.

Marlene Haney

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Marlene Haney

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

When Marlene Haney turned 60 in 2013 she decided the best gift she could give herself was a physical she had been putting off. Self–employed and without supplemental health insurance, she says she had not be in a position to see a doctor for over a decade. When her right breast became tender, she realized a trip to the doctor was necessary.

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