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Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

Mu Sang

Kidney Cancer

Mu Sang

Kidney Cancer

My doctor in China told me there was nothing to be done, and said I had only six months to live. I could not accept this. I wasn’t ready to give up.

Mahmood Saeed

Kidney Cancer

Mahmood Saeed

Kidney Cancer

After being diagnosed with Stage 4 renal cell carcinoma, Mahmood Saeed sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Prior to Fox Chase, other doctors only gave him a 5 percent chance of survival, but Fox Chase gave him hope. Today he takes a daily targeted therapy to keep the tumors from spreading; this treatment has greatly improved his quality of life. "I wouldn’t be here today without Dr. Reddy, my wife, and my faith," Mahmood said. "For my family, it wasn’t just one procedure or one doctor that led to healing—rather, it was the culmination of a healthy diet, support from family and friends, a positive attitude, and doctors working together as a team."

John Roley

Kidney Cancer

John Roley

Kidney Cancer

In the fall of 2007, John Roley was shocked to learn he had kidney cancer after experiencing severe stomach pain. After meeting with his doctor, he decided to get a second opinion from Dr. Robert Uzzo, chief of surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Rather than traditional surgery, Dr. Uzzo recommended two surgeries using the minimally-invasive da Vinci robotic surgical procedure that makes tiny incisions, results in very little scarring, and produces almost no bleeding. After the surgeries, John had no complications, healed quickly, and returned to work within weeks. "The doctors and nurses at Fox Chase were simply great in taking care of me and helping me to recover so quickly," he said. "I am forever grateful to everyone who found the problem, fixed the problem, and restored me to excellent health, and I pray that they are able to help others the way they helped me."

Denise Coldwater

Kidney Cancer

Denise Coldwater

Kidney Cancer

Based on my history with cancer, I often feel like the luckiest person on earth. In 1999, at the age of 45, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. At the time, my only choice was a total nephrectomy (removal of the kidney).

Debra Getz

Kidney Cancer

Debra Getz

Kidney Cancer

Debra underwent a successful right nephrectomy, IVC thrombectomy, adrenalectomy, and retroperitoneal lymph node dissection to treat her metastatic kidney cancer.

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