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Melanoma Patient Stories

Joanne Gannon

Melanoma

Joanne Gannon

Melanoma

In 2014, just after turning 67, I noticed a spot on my leg. When I went to see a dermatologist near where I live in Forked River, New Jersey, he diagnosed me with melanoma. I was really surprised. I’m dark-skinned—Italian—and melanoma is not common in dark-skinned people. I never used tanning beds or laid out a lot in the sun, but I guess it can happen to anyone.

Nancy Finn

Melanoma

Nancy Finn

Melanoma

I’m 64 years old and live in Yardley, Pennsylvania, which is just north of Philadelphia. I’m retired now, but I spent many years doing social justice work and fundraising for nonprofits. It was a busy life, which is why, when I developed a lesion on my left shin, I didn’t pay attention to it. Then, literally overnight in 2015, it got really bad. I wound up in the hospital, where they diagnosed me with stage IV melanoma—skin cancer.

James "Cy" Young

Melanoma

James "Cy" Young

Melanoma

Fox Chase saved my life, and they’ve given me many more years to live.

Stephanie Heart

Melanoma

Stephanie Heart

Melanoma

It was malignant melanoma on my great left toe. I was terrified. Dr. Farma was gentle and kind about it and I was sobbing.

Thomas Myers

Melanoma;  Prostate Cancer

Thomas Myers

Melanoma;  Prostate Cancer

The level of teamwork and communication amongst the doctors was reassuring. Even though I felt overwhelmed by multiple surgeries, treatments, and diagnoses, I took immense comfort in the prompt actions taken my team of physicians.

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