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David Juall

Kidney Cancer

David Juall

Kidney Cancer

In 2006, at age 51, David Juall was a healthy, active attorney, and a pilot, who enjoyed traveling and outdoor fun.  During a court proceeding in Bucks County, he had a medical emergency and was taken to a local community hospital. It turned out he needed an emergency appendectomy. As part of his treatment, CT scans were ordered. One of the doctors discovered a suspicious spot on one of his kidneys.

Kevin Galligan

Kidney Cancer

Kevin Galligan

Kidney Cancer

Kevin Galligan had a respiratory infection and cough in 2012, when his doctor scheduled an X-ray which detected an issue with his right lung. Kevin was beyond frustrated when several tests he underwent by a pulmonologist were found to be inconclusive. However, after being referred to a thoracic surgeon, he was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cancer. Kevin had his right kidney and a rib removed before finding out the cancer had spread to his lung. He was then referred to Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he enrolled in a clinical trial. As a result, his tumors have continued to shrink. "Being referred to Dr. Plimack at Fox Chase was the best thing that could have happened to me," he said. "At Fox Chase, I received state-of-the-art treatment, and I have been able to easily manage the side effects of the clinical trial drugs. I remain very active and am able to work every day at an international logistics and transportation company, where I am a vice president."

Tony Sundermeier

Kidney Cancer

Tony Sundermeier

Kidney Cancer

Tony and his surgeon, Dr. Uzzo, at a 2016 check up.Tony and his surgeon, Dr. Uzzo, at a 2016 check up.December is a busy time of year for most people, but especially Tony Sundermeier, who serves as a church pastor. Still, five days after Christmas, Tony, who was 34, was scheduled for a vasectomy. During preadmission testing, doctors discovered microscopic traces of blood in Tony's urine. This was the first sign that 2009 might not be a "Happy New Year."

James Tetzlaff

Kidney Cancer

James Tetzlaff

Kidney Cancer

When he thinks back on October 28, 2013, Jim Tetzlaff realizes it would have been easy to ignore what happened and not give it another thought. “I’m a man – we have a tendency to ignore things that have to do with our health,” says Jim, who was 75 at the time. On that day, after one of his grandson’s football games, Jim went to the bathroom and saw blood in his urine. “It was upsetting, but I didn’t have any other symptoms so I thought it had to be a fluke,” recalls the former medical equipment salesman.

Carolyn Tonic-Robinson

Kidney Cancer

Carolyn Tonic-Robinson

Kidney Cancer

In 2003, Carolyn Tonic-Robinson had a routine colonoscopy. She was 63 and was working full-time as a special education teacher, turned guidance counselor. While she waited for her results of the procedure, Carolyn subconsciously began rubbing her left side. A co-worker asked her if something was hurting her.

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