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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."

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."

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