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Sarcoma Patient Stories

Maria Bento

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor);  Sarcoma

Maria Bento

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor);  Sarcoma

I have learned many lessons over the years, including the importance of following my instincts and questioning the decisions of others. Those lessons may have saved my life.

Ray Ingaran

Prostate Cancer;  Sarcoma

Ray Ingaran

Prostate Cancer;  Sarcoma

"Over the years...I have been diagnosed with liver cancer, kidney cancer that resulted in the loss of one kidney, leiomyosarcoma, and a mass on my coccyx bone. In 2013, another small tumor was discovered on my remaining kidney, "

Judy Tomarchio

Sarcoma

Judy Tomarchio

Sarcoma

Judy Tomarchio didn't spend her honeymoon lying on a beach or cruising the Mediterranean. Instead, the South Philadelphia native found herself on the operating table at Fox Chase. In 2007, Judy, who was 54, was being treated for leiomyosarcoma, a rare kind of cancer of the soft tissue that can arise from smooth muscle cells anywhere in the body. "We moved the wedding up so we'd be married before the surgery," recalls Judy. "My Dave was with me from day one - he was my rock."

Barbara Pennypacker

Sarcoma

Barbara Pennypacker

Sarcoma

I was diagnosed with a retroperitoneal liposarcoma located in the fat around my kidney in January 2011. When the scans detected a mass near my liver, the doctor referred me to Dr. Margaret von Mehren, an oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center who directs the sarcoma program.

Brianna Jackson

Sarcoma

Brianna Jackson

Sarcoma

Even though a desmoid tumor doesn't metastasize, I was told that it can grow aggressively, compress vital organs, and cause life-threatening problems. 

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