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Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

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. 

Joe Riehs

Kidney Cancer

Joe Riehs

Kidney Cancer

"I received the call that I will never forget while I was high above the Delaware River on the Betsy Ross Bridge, between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, working for the Port Authority as a maintenance technician. My doctor called with the news: There was an 85 percent chance that the tumor found on my kidney was cancerous."

David Francis

Kidney Cancer

David Francis

Kidney Cancer

When Dave Francis gets on his bike, he feels like a kid again.  The native Philadelphian celebrated his 72nd birthday this year by riding in the Tour de Shore, a 65-mile ride for charity to the Jersey shore in 2015.

Not so bad for a guy who survived kidney cancer.

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