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Sarcoma Patient Stories

Michelle Palandro

Sarcoma

Michelle Palandro

Sarcoma

Michelle Palandro was a healthy and active 27-year-old woman when she was diagnosed with liposarcoma. After first meeting with an oncologist at a large teaching hospital, Michelle was not convinced that this was the best place for her treatment. She sought a second opinion and was pleased with the compassion and thoroughness of the treatment team at Fox Chase. After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, Michelle is happy to report that she has been cancer free since 2012, and that she gave birth to a healthy baby boy in 2015. "At Fox Chase, every single person I met and every single nurse who took care of me was exceptional."

Mary Marczely

Sarcoma

Mary Marczely

Sarcoma

At each of the 13 races she's run since 2010, Mary Marczely always races to cross the finish line. The contest that meant the most to her was the race against the cancer she was diagnosed with in August 2010.

Mary, a busy mother of two sons, who were age two and four at the time of her diagnosis, started experiencing an odd tingling sensation in her left calf and foot.  The discomfort grew into pain and numbness. 

Robert Smith

Sarcoma

Robert Smith

Sarcoma

I have battled sarcoma several times over the past 20 years. The first time was in 1998 when I was 54 and felt a lump on the side of my torso. Doctors at a community hospital ordered some tests that confirmed the diagnosis of fibrous spindle cell sarcoma. I was given 30 rounds of chemotherapy and continued under the medical supervision of my oncologist for 3 years.

Jean Hankee

Sarcoma

Jean Hankee

Sarcoma

In 2011, Jean Hankee noticed a strange-looking vein on her right shin. At first, she said it looked like an “empty" varicose vein. “I thought it was just something that happened as I was getting older,” said Jean, who was 71 at the time.

Margaret McCaughey

Sarcoma;  Skin Cancer

Margaret McCaughey

Sarcoma;  Skin Cancer

At 54, Peggy McCaughey is counting her blessings. In addition to her husband, Hugh, and their two daughters, Hannah Rose and Grace Kelly, she feels blessed to be alive. "I am overjoyed to share my experience about Fox Chase Cancer Center,” she says. 

Peggy's journey began with heavy menstrual periods, losing hair and back pain. She shared her concerns with her gynecologist who suggested hormone therapy. “I could not tolerate it,” Peggy recalls.

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