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Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

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.

Marna Brown-Krausz

Kidney Cancer

Marna Brown-Krausz

Kidney Cancer

I reached a milestone at the beginning of 2017: I had been cancer free for five years following my treatment for kidney cancer.

Antonio Pereira

Kidney Cancer

Antonio Pereira

Kidney Cancer

Antonio Pereira was 46 years old in 2005 when a urologist confirmed a diagnosis of kidney cancer and scheduled him for surgery. Antonio had the surgery, but was not pleased with the doctor's attitude post-surgery. A new urologist suggested he see a specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center. There, he was able to see a specialist within 24 hours through Fox Chase's Rapid Access Program. After undergoing an open partial nephrectomy to salvage his right kidney and to preserve its function, Antonio recovered very well. He has now been cancer free for five years. "I wish I had chosen Fox Chase Cancer Center from the beginning," he said. "Having Dr. Chen for my doctor was life changing for me, and I want to publicly express my gratitude."

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