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Head & Neck Cancer Patient Stories

Karen Williams

Head & Neck Cancer

Karen Williams

Head & Neck Cancer

 

I am thankful to have my voice, and with it I tell everyone who will listen: If you notice any kind of change on your tongue or in your mouth… especially if you are a smoker… get it checked out as quickly as possible. I am adamant about my advice, because I am proof that addressing a problem quickly can result in a fabulous outcome.

Jerold Wilck

Head & Neck Cancer

Jerold Wilck

Head & Neck Cancer

"I recall thinking, 'This can’t be happening to me.' I was 59 years old and had no risk factors."

Michael Sours

Head & Neck Cancer;  Skin Cancer

Michael Sours

Head & Neck Cancer;  Skin Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

In 2007, when I was in my late sixties, I discovered a lump on the right side of my neck while taking a shower. I waited a few days to see if the lump would disappear, but it did not. With a personal history of several diagnoses of skin cancer, I take my health care seriously and scheduled an appointment with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor). The physician performed a biopsy and removed the enlarged lymph node. The results were alarming – I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma.

B. Mark Wilson

Head & Neck Cancer

B. Mark Wilson

Head & Neck Cancer

On May 6, 2014, B. Mark Wilson of Smyrna, Delaware, made a chance visit to Fox Chase Cancer Center. The 51-year-old came to accompany his father, George, for a follow-up visit. The elder Wilson had been treated for kidney cancer two years earlier. Mark, who had just been diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer, was just days away from his own surgery, and brought along his medical paperwork. “I was hoping for a second opinion,” he admitted. “Little did I know Fox Chase has a Rapid Access Program, which meant I could be seen immediately. And as a result, my treatment plan changed dramatically.”

Kenneth Kittel

Head & Neck Cancer

Kenneth Kittel

Head & Neck Cancer

"I was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx in August 2006...I have periodic check-ups, and if anyone asks me where to go for cancer care I tell them to run, not walk, to Fox Chase."

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