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Head & Neck Cancer Patient Stories

Stephen Meier

Head & Neck Cancer

Stephen Meier

Head & Neck Cancer

"I’m the kind of person who isn’t prone to panic. Panic just causes confusion. So, when what began as soreness on the right side of my throat turned out to be cancer, I remained calm and figured somebody can fix it."

Kevin Logan

Head & Neck Cancer

Kevin Logan

Head & Neck Cancer

In 2010, Kevin Logan noticed a lump on his neck which turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma on the base of his tongue. Upon the recommendation to seek treatment at Fox Chase Cancer, that's where Kevin and his wife, Devra, went even though it was a three-hour drive from their home in Maryland. Kevin underwent a successful treatment of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and once he finished treatment, he returned to work full-time. "Many people who knew about my cancer often called to ask where I was treated, and I’m always telling them, 'Fox Chase is the place to go,' and I always will," he said.

Lynn Schoepske

Head & Neck Cancer

Lynn Schoepske

Head & Neck Cancer

I’ve been brushing my teeth twice a day religiously for 80 years—well, maybe 79. I never smoked or chewed tobacco. So, I was surprised when I noticed several of my teeth were loose. I went from my dentist to a periodontist to an oral surgeon, who told me, “Your gums look angry.”

Paul Reitano

Head & Neck Cancer

Paul Reitano

Head & Neck Cancer

Paul Reitano was an active 45-year-old male with two careers, who was looking to start a family with his wife. After getting an initial diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma from an ENT at a local hospital, Paul and his wife decided to seek a second opinion from Fox Chase Cancer Center. After Paul learned he actually had HPV tonsil cancer, not squamous cell carcinoma, he sought radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery at Fox Chase with the help of Dr. Thomas Galloway. Today he is cancer free. "Not a day goes by since then that I am not grateful that I chose Fox Chase for my care," Paul said. "There was a real comfort in Fox Chase, I trusted them completely.  The decision to be treated by Fox Chase saved my life and allowed me to give life to a little girl."

Donald Ebaugh

Head & Neck Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

Donald Ebaugh

Head & Neck Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

When he retired in 1990 at the age of 57, Donald Ebaugh was likely one of the most active retirees in Delaware. After retiring from the State's Medical Laboratory Division in Dover as a medical lab technician, he devoted much of his time to caring for horses, both as a trainer and rider. In 2015, at the age of 82, he still spends time with his horses, but two bouts with cancer have caused him to slow down.

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