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Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

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.

Elycia Lerman

Kidney Cancer

Elycia Lerman

Kidney Cancer

Before cancer entered my life, I was working full-time as a director in supply chain, a high-pressure job with international traveling requirements. I’m an industrial engineer by training and worked for 33 years in the health and beauty industry, with the last 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry for Johnson & Johnson. My wife of 22 years and I had a daughter who was eight at the time and a foster son who was 21 and had just been diagnosed with refractory epilepsy.

Chuck Leonard

Kidney Cancer

Chuck Leonard

Kidney Cancer

In August 2012, at the age of 61, Chuck Leonard was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer that had metastasized to his lungs. After seeing one doctor, Chuck decided to seek a second opinion from a specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he planned to take part in a clinical trial. However, additional testing revealed he was a candidate for surgery. Chuck also underwent radiation using Cyberknife technology at Fox Chase Buckingham after an MRI revealed the kidney cancer had spread to his brain. “In 2016, I can mark three years since I have had detectable cancer,” he said. “I’m so thankful for all the outstanding care, both medical and other, provided by Fox Chase and the caring doctors and nurses. Hopefully, my tests will continue to have good outcomes, and, if not, I know I’m getting the best care possible from Fox Chase Cancer Center.”

Michael Laurenzi

Kidney Cancer;  Pancreatic Cancer

Michael Laurenzi

Kidney Cancer;  Pancreatic Cancer

'I am very lucky the tick bit me, because I had no symptoms and no idea that I had cancer. I have nothing but the highest regard for those doctors and their teams. They are so caring and compassionate, and they literally gave me my life back.'

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