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Colorectal Cancer Patient Stories

Robert Crossfield

Colorectal Cancer;  Kidney Cancer

Robert Crossfield

Colorectal Cancer;  Kidney Cancer

Robert Crossfield, a 30-year firefighter who was among the team of first responders to the 9/11 disaster where he assisted at Ground Zero, is a survivor of renal and colon cancer and metastatic sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer. Bob sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he was put under the care of Dr. Margaret von Mehren, Dr. Penny Anderson, Dr. Rosalia Viterbo, and Dr. Jeffrey Farma, as well as reconstructive surgeons Dr. Sameer Patel and Dr. Neal Topham. After undergoing chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, Bob is now cancer free. "I've had aggressive cancers, and multiple cancers, but today I feel healthy again,” Bob said. “This is a battle I'll never give up because I have way too much yet to see and to live for. ...I feel very grateful that we chose Fox Chase to guide us and be with us all the way through this trying time for our family.”

Mary Carr

Colorectal Cancer

Mary Carr

Colorectal Cancer

I started feeling ill in January 2011. My stomach was constantly upset and I couldn’t hold down food. My local doctor said I had the flu, but my weight continued to decrease over the next several months. That doctor sent me to an internist, who also could not find the cause of my illness. In May, the internist ordered a colonoscopy.

Richard Bellis

Colorectal Cancer

Richard Bellis

Colorectal Cancer

In the fall of 1999 a routine colonoscopy detected polyps on Richard Bellis' colon followed by a biopsy of the polyps. The result? Richard had colon cancer.

Living in New Jersey, Richard went to a local hospital for surgery. He recovered nicely and went on with his life. He continued to have regular checkups, including cancer screening, under the direction of his family physician.

According to Richard, "I had no symptoms. If it weren't for the regular testing, I would not have known the cancer was back and immediate medical action was called for."

Ray Beckler

Colorectal Cancer;  GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

Ray Beckler

Colorectal Cancer;  GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

"I have had 4 cancers that I was supposedly too young to have."

Albert Anderson

Colorectal Cancer

Albert Anderson

Colorectal Cancer

"Although the gastroenterologist recommended that I wait 6 months for a follow-up test, my wife and I decided that I should get a second opinion at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where I had been successfully treated for prostate cancer 3 years prior. "

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