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Colorectal Cancer Patient Stories

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.

Ray Beckler

Colorectal Cancer;  GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor);  Melanoma

Ray Beckler

Colorectal Cancer;  GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor);  Melanoma

"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. "

Robert Sklar

Colorectal Cancer

Robert Sklar

Colorectal Cancer

In February, 2014, Robert Sklar believed that he was “indestructible.” At 70, he had never had any serious illnesses, was rarely sick and did not take any medications. But, when he returned from Las Vegas feeling exhausted and not himself, Robert made an appointment with his family doctor. She ordered blood work and conducted a general physical. “My hemoglobin count was 6 and should have been 12.  She referred me to my local community hospital for my first ever colonoscopy,” he recalls.

Maria Carosella

Colorectal Cancer;  Lung Metastases

Maria Carosella

Colorectal Cancer;  Lung Metastases

In 2002, Maria Carosella, then 36, was diagnosed with colon cancer. She had surgery at a large hospital in Philadelphia, but three weeks later when another suspicious spot appeared, she decided to make an appointment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she later underwent chemotherapy and surgery after finding out the cancer had spread and was lung metastases. 2018 will mark 10 years that Maria has been cancer free. "I am grateful to Fox Chase for allowing me to make it to where I am today."

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