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Head & Neck Cancer Patient Stories

Bob Devlin

Head & Neck Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

Bob Devlin

Head & Neck Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

When Bob Devlin was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck, he sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. After undergoing two surgeries and radiation therapy, Bob was later diagnosed with prostate cancer, and also received treatment at Fox Chase. After surviving both squamous cell cancer and prostate cancer, Bob and his wife decided it was important to give back, and to date they have raised more than $7,200 for Fox Chase cancer research. 

Patricia Cantwell

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

Patricia Cantwell

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

Patricia Cantwell was 33 years old when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the jaw. Her oral surgeon referred her to Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she first underwent four cycles of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and prepare her for surgery. However, the tumor increased in size after the first two treatments, leading Patricia's team to decide to go straight to surgery. Following surgery, Patricia needed physical therapy as well as a course of radiation to prevent a recurrence. Though she was now physically healthy, Patricia was not confident about how her face looked because it had an indentation. She decided to undergo reconstructive surgery, which transferred thigh skin and fatty tissue to Patricia's cheek to reconstruct her face, mouth, and lips. Today, she is cancer free and happy that she looks like her old self again. "I was very pleased with the results, and I looked like myself before the cancer," she said. "Thanks to the talents of my team, my self-esteem returned. I was able to eat anything and could speak with no problem. I was running around with no pain and felt great."

William Buehler

Head & Neck Cancer

William Buehler

Head & Neck Cancer

I was diagnosed with T4 squamous cell carcinoma in my mouth, tongue, and jawbone during the winter of 2006. I had been a smoker until the day I got the diagnosis, but I still never thought I’d face cancer, and that it could be so extensive. I was not sure there was any treatment available for me, and I was aware that I could die.

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