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Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

Tina Pidgeon

Kidney Cancer

Tina Pidgeon

Kidney Cancer

Eleven years ago, I went in for a routine ultrasound to evaluate my pregnancy. I had no idea that the test would completely change my life and lead to a diagnosis of kidney cancer.

David Hiltgen

Kidney Cancer

David Hiltgen

Kidney Cancer

My kidney cancer was discovered at the worst time: right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luciano Orsini

Kidney Cancer

Luciano Orsini

Kidney Cancer

I’m 58 years old and live in Sicklerville, New Jersey. In normal times, summer is my favorite time of year. I’d have been looking forward to it this year, if COVID-19 hadn’t happened and forced me to delay my surgery for kidney cancer.

Annie Dunn

Kidney Cancer

Annie Dunn

Kidney Cancer

I have always enjoyed being social and keeping busy with a handful of hobbies. At 68, I spent most of my time cycling with my husband Tom, going on walks, reading whatever I could find, and socializing with friends. Up until recently, those things had always been a regular part of my life. However, after being diagnosed with kidney cancer amid the COVID-19 pandemic, those activities had to take a back seat.

Thomas Vanella

Kidney Cancer

Thomas Vanella

Kidney Cancer

When the urologist did an MRI, he found that instead of a cyst, it was a tumor on the kidney and he suggested I have my kidney removed. I was not too sure about having it completely removed and a cousin who had been working for Fox Chase for over 40 years suggested I get a second opinion with a doctor there.

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