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Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

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.'

Howard Kulp

Kidney Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

Howard Kulp

Kidney Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

Howard Kulp knows how to successfully navigate his way through life. In his younger days, Howard successfully operated a couple of IGA grocery stores. He later sold them and purchased bowling lanes. Once they were profitable, he sold them and moved on to the water business. Until he retired in 1997, Howard worked as an independent contractor selling bottled water. It seemed Howard knew how to manage the future.

Paul Kobie

Kidney Cancer

Paul Kobie

Kidney Cancer

Paul Kobie said he would like to vote for Dr. Rosalia Viterbo at "Doctor of the Year" - if there were such a contest. "I'd vote 500 times!" said Paul. And with good reason.

Paul is a truck driver who routinely travels from New Jersey to Delaware. When he first noticed blood in his urine, he figured it was a kidney stone. After the second incident, he went to the doctor.

"I had a CAT Scan and MRI only to learn I had a cancerous mass on my left kidney," recalled Paul. "My wife was terrified. I calmed her down. Then she began searching for the best hospital."

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