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Colorectal Cancer Patient Stories

Beth Brendlinger

Colorectal Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

Beth Brendlinger

Colorectal Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

In 2007, eight years after a precancerous lesion in her colon had to be removed, Beth Brendlinger learned she had a mass on the right lobe of her liver, and a biopsy confirmed that cancer that had originated in her colon had spread to her liver. She was referred to Dr. John Hoffman at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she underwent months of chemotherapy at a Fox Chase partner hospital that was closer to where she lived. After 21 months of chemotherapy, Beth was finally ready for surgery, which she received at the Center. Today she is cancer free. "Everyone I met at Fox Chase was kind and treated me with respect. It is easy to see that they care about their patients and that patient comfort and peace of mind are a top priority," she said. "I felt that both hospitals were partnering in my care and so I got the best of both. The doctors and nurses never gave up hope and neither did I. We made a great team."

Rosalie Fox

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Rosalie Fox

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

I was first treated at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1990 after blood tests during my annual physical showed that I was anemic. Further testing revealed a blockage that was caused by colon cancer. I made up my mind immediately that I wanted to be treated at Fox Chase. I had heard the line ‘all we do is cancer,” and I knew that where I should be treated. My daughter, a nurse, wanted me there also. I was 69 years old.

Joseph Dequinque

Bladder Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer;  Kidney Cancer

Joseph Dequinque

Bladder Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer;  Kidney Cancer

South Philadelphia resident Joseph DeQuinque tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  He’s a non-smoker, watches his diet and takes frequent walks with his wife Laura, with whom he celebrated his 55th wedding anniversary in 2014.

In July, 2013, at the age of 79, he noticed blood in his urine and made an immediate appointment with his urologist. After various tests, including a CAT scan, Joseph learned he had cancer in both his bladder and kidney, which is unusual.

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