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Lung Cancer Patient Stories

Beth Valenti

Lung Cancer

Beth Valenti

Lung Cancer

Beth Valenti always knew smoking was not a good idea, but like many people, she did it anyway. She was young and never really thought about lung cancer. But after losing her mom to cancer in 1996, Beth quit the habit cold turkey. Almost 12 years later, in March 2008, she went to the doctor complaining of pain in her arm. A series of shoulder x-rays revealed a mass on her lung. According to Beth, her doctors advised her to "go home, get your things in order and plan your funeral." She was 41 at the time.

Arlene Koller

Lung Cancer

Arlene Koller

Lung Cancer

Arlene Koller is no stranger to adversity. She lost her first husband when he suffered a massive heart attack, leaving Arlene with 3 small boys to care for. She was the treasurer of a wholesale paper business. After she lost her husband, Arlene added the responsibility of presidency of her late husband's chemical business. Arlene later remarried, and in 2000, she and her husband began to travel the world.

They traveled to Australia, Thailand, China, Europe and more. But when her husband was diagnosed with lymphoma, they had to stop.

Marsha Berman

Lung Cancer

Marsha Berman

Lung Cancer

Being diagnosed and treated for cancer has certainly has made me treasure every day and the experiences that come with each day. When you are diagnosed with cancer, it is important to keep a positive attitude, to surround yourself with caring, loving people, and to develop a good support system.

Judith Bernstein

Breast Cancer;  Lung Cancer;  Lymphoma;  Skin Cancer;  Thyroid Cancer

Judith Bernstein

Breast Cancer;  Lung Cancer;  Lymphoma;  Skin Cancer;  Thyroid Cancer

As a person who has been diagnosed and treated for various types of cancer, I can say with certainty:  Run, don’t walk, to Fox Chase Cancer Center. I have given this piece of advice more times than I can count because I know that where you begin your cancer treatment really does matter.

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