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Colorectal Cancer Patient Stories

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.

Alan Stachura

Colorectal Cancer

Alan Stachura

Colorectal Cancer

Alan Stachura practically grew up at Fox Chase Cancer Center, as both his parents were treated there for cancer. Alan thought he would one day get cancer but that it wouldn't be until he was well in his 60s. However, Alan learned in 2010, at the age of 30, that he had colon cancer. Alan chose the least-invasive procedure possible, which was to remove the polyp, which turned out to be malignant. Alan also tested positive for Lynch Syndrome, and, as a result, he encouraged his siblings to be tested as well through Fox Chase's Risk Assessment Program. While Alan's brother tested negatove, his sister tested positive. Today, Alan is feeling good, but continues his regular checkups at Fox Chase to ensure the cancer does not return. "If you think there is a risk of cancer in your family, there probably is," he said. "The genetic counselors at Fox Chase's Risk Assessment Program provide valuable information and guidance. I recommend them to anyone with a strong family history of cancer."

Brooke Fuller

Colorectal Cancer

Brooke Fuller

Colorectal Cancer

Brooke Fuller enjoys working as a floral designer. She and her husband, Scott, are parents to one five-year-old son, Pierce. In January, 2014, at age 30, Brooke was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer.

Deborah Dahl

Colorectal Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

Deborah Dahl

Colorectal Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

When Deborah Dahl recalls being in her late 20s and single in 1992, it's probably not what you would expect. After experiencing stomach pains, she went to her doctor, who ordered a colonoscopy.

The colonoscopy results were alarming. At the young age of 29, Deborah had colon cancer.

She had the cancer surgically removed at her local hospital. Unfortunately, during the surgery, doctors found the cancer had spread to her liver.

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