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Brenda Vorters

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

Brenda Vorters

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

Found by Accident

In 2014, I had just retired and was looking forward to traveling with my husband, Leonard. I had been dealing with a multiday headache that just kept getting worse, and at one point, I passed out. I woke up four days later to learn that I had suffered a massive brain bleed. As a result of this, my doctors ordered a complete CT scan to get an idea of what was going on.

Fritz Struckmann

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

Fritz Struckmann

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

My local oncologist diagnosed me with appendiceal cancer. He said Fox Chase Cancer Center would be a great place to be treated, and we are thankful he sent us there.

Carol Kalinich

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

Carol Kalinich

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

"On October 29, 2012, I thought I had a bad case of the flu. I had slight pains on the right side and was really tired. I decided to go to the local hospital for a checkup and that’s when everything in my world started to change. I ended up with emergency surgery that day for an appendectomy. Afterwards my surgeon, Dr. Carlos Villarreal, and my best friend, Dr. Richard Bindie, told me that if I had waited a couple more hours I would have been dead. Dr.

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."

Maria Bento

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor);  Sarcoma

Maria Bento

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor);  Sarcoma

I have learned many lessons over the years, including the importance of following my instincts and questioning the decisions of others. Those lessons may have saved my life.

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