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Bil Sauer

Kidney Cancer

Bil Sauer

Kidney Cancer

In June, 2012, Bil Sauer, an entrepreneur and owner of several businesses, was wrapping up a busy work week. It was late afternoon on a Friday, and his wife Laura and he were planning on spending the weekend at their lake home with their two teenage children Tom, 14, and Tehya, 18. “It was getting late so I told my wife and kids to go ahead and I would meet them there,” recalls Bil. He lost track of time and it was almost 7:00 pm before he left his Bucks County office. Bil decided he would drive up on Saturday morning instead.

Matthew Lofland

Kidney Cancer

Matthew Lofland

Kidney Cancer

At 43, Matt Lofland worked out regularly to stay fit and active. So when he noticed some back pain on his left side, he didn’t think much of it. “I figured I just twisted my back when I was running,” he recalled.  But the pain persisted, along with numbness down his left leg.

Shirley Danner

Kidney Cancer

Shirley Danner

Kidney Cancer

Forty-five days. That's how long it took from the moment in February 2011 that Shirley Danner, who was 73, felt a lump on her side when she rolled over in bed to the day her cancerous kidney was removed at Fox Chase Cancer Center. "It all happened so fast," explains Shirley, who lives in Willow Street, Pennsylvania, about two hours from the Fox Chase campus.

Frank Punzo

Kidney Cancer

Frank Punzo

Kidney Cancer

In 2010, at the age of 83, Frank Punzo experienced an outbreak of gout and turned to his family doctor for initial treatment. “My doctor referred me to a nephrologist who ordered an ultrasound, during which a mass was discovered,” explains Frank. “When I heard I had kidney cancer I was very shocked and said ‘You gotta be kidding me.’” He decided to seek a second opinion.Frank did his research and decided to call Fox Chase Cancer Center for an appointment. “I had seen their television commercials and had heard from a few people that Fox Chase concentrated solely on cancer,” Frank says.

Jay Hyman

Kidney Cancer

Jay Hyman

Kidney Cancer

When Jay Hyman was diagnosed with kidney cancer, he sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He got an appointment the next day with Dr. Robert Uzzo, and two days later was in surgery. Jay later enrolled in a clinical trial since he was not a candidate for lung surgery due to the small size of the nodules on his lungs. The treatment was effective, and Jay returned to work. Today, he is feeling good and is taking a new immunotherapy drug to help prevent a recurrence. "I recommend that anyone with a diagnosis of cancer go to Fox Chase," he said. "They will do everything they can to make you feel whole again."

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