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Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Tumor Patient Stories

Alisa Monteiro

Neuroendocrine Tumors

Alisa Monteiro

Neuroendocrine Tumors

As someone who works in oncology clinical trials, I’m pretty familiar with hospitals and medical centers in the Philadelphia area and what their specialties are when it comes to cancer. Still, at the age of 52, I did not expect to be diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, also known as NET, and be faced with the decision of where to go to receive the best treatment.

William Bojanowski

Neuroendocrine Tumors

William Bojanowski

Neuroendocrine Tumors

In October of 2020, at 59 years old, I started having some back pain. I worked in construction, so lower back pain was normal, but this time the pain was in my upper back. I went to my primary doctor and she noticed that my kidney was not functioning fully. She thought it might be due to my diabetes medication.

After two months of a lowered dosage of medication, my pain only got worse. I was sent to the local urologist, and when he saw something on my X-rays he immediately referred me to Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Dennis Haring

Neuroendocrine Tumors

Dennis Haring

Neuroendocrine Tumors

I am in good hands with my care team. Their multidisciplinary approach made it possible for me to regain my quality of life and look forward to my future.

Melvin Ward

Neuroendocrine Tumors

Melvin Ward

Neuroendocrine Tumors

My care team at Fox Chase had such a confident and laid-back demeanor. We were on the same page, and their expertise made me feel more secure.

Ardelle Clarke

Neuroendocrine Tumors

Ardelle Clarke

Neuroendocrine Tumors

I plan on having a very, very long life. I’m 66 years old and I run a daycare in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Until I was diagnosed, I had no symptoms to speak of and had lived a healthy lifestyle. That’s why when doctors told me I had carcinoid tumors, I had trouble believing I was really sick.

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