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Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

Ray Jastemski

Kidney Cancer;  Lymphoma

Ray Jastemski

Kidney Cancer;  Lymphoma

Ray was initially diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2003. "I was at my local hospital and wasn't sure where to turn. My family doctor highly recommended Fox Chase," recalled Ray. During his first visit to Fox Chase, Ray met with a medical oncologist who specialized in treating patients with hematologic cancers, such as Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"The doctor assured me that I'd be okay," said Ray, who underwent chemotherapy treatment for three months. "He explained everything and was very compassionate." Several months later, however, a PET Scan showed the disease had recurred.

Patti Callahan

Kidney Cancer

Patti Callahan

Kidney Cancer

I do not consider myself one to needlessly worry or panic about things, but persistent back pain and occasional stress incontinence worried me. Although I had a bulging disc and had been pregnant twice, my family doctor thought it was wise to order a renal and pelvic ultrasound in June 2009. The ultrasound revealed a small lesion in the mid to upper section of my left kidney, and a CT scan confirmed a 2.3-centimeter mass that seemed to indicate renal cell carcinoma.

Raymond Bebak

Kidney Cancer

Raymond Bebak

Kidney Cancer

I am a mechanical engineer and have worked at Boeing for more than 20 years. As an engineer, I embrace new technology, and so I wanted my cancer treatment to be conducted by experienced surgeons who would use the latest technology and most sophisticated tools.

Edward Bandtlow

Kidney Cancer;  Skin Cancer

Edward Bandtlow

Kidney Cancer;  Skin Cancer

I had been too busy with my career as an executive career coach at my own company, ExecWorth Advisor, to do anything about a suspicious spot on my face. In fact, I had been ignoring the spot for quite some time until a physician friend in July 2008 told me that I was long overdue in seeing a dermatologist.

Edward Babiarz

Kidney Cancer

Edward Babiarz

Kidney Cancer

My perspective on life completely changed when I was diagnosed with cancer. I had just turned 50, and the word ‘cancer' itself brought feelings of disbelief, despair, and a total loss of control. Those feelings were quickly followed by fear, anger, and resentment.

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