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Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

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."

Jack Pressman

Kidney Cancer

Jack Pressman

Kidney Cancer

When Jack Pressman was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, his urologist recommended he be treated at Fox Chase Cancer Center. At preadmission testing, Fox Chase pathologists detected a small lesion on his kidney. Dr. Rosalia Viterbo, who was treating Jack, recommended a prostatectomy and then a partial nephrectomy to remove the tumor and a portion of his kidney, once he recovered from the first surgery. Both procedures, which used the robotic approach, were a success. "All of the people at Fox Chase are terrific," he said. "I have been to my share of hospitals over the years, but I have never met so many nice people as I met at Fox Chase. They don’t keep you waiting, and it is easy to tell that they really care about their patients."

Mike Phillips

Kidney Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

Mike Phillips

Kidney Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

When Mike Phillips was diagnosed with kidney cancer, he sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he underwent a partial nephrectomy. Unfortunately, the cancer returned six years later, in 2011, and this time both kidneys were affected. During this time, Mike was also having other health complications, including prostate cancer and a left hemispheric stroke that had no residual effects. In 2015, he received a kidney transplant and has been doing well since. "Now, fully recovered, I continue to do part-time business consulting, given my 45 years of business experience, 30 years in the world of franchising, and 15 in senior care/housing," Mike said, adding, "I hope to start volunteering soon at Fox Chase to provide phone counseling for patients who are dealing with cancer. My advice to others is to be the boss; it is your body, and you must be the captain of your ship."

Marlene Owens

Kidney Cancer

Marlene Owens

Kidney Cancer

Marlene Owens has always been committed to staying well. She visited her gynecologist yearly and during an annual exam in 2014, when she was 61, her doctor noted that Marlene's uterine lining seemed unusually thick. Marlene underwent a dilation and curettage procedure, often called a D&C, to remove tissue from inside the uterus. This tissue is studied by a pathologist to diagnose uterine conditions, including heavy bleeding. 

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