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Skin Cancer Patient Stories

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.

Michael Sours

Head & Neck Cancer;  Skin Cancer

Michael Sours

Head & Neck Cancer;  Skin Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

In 2007, when I was in my late sixties, I discovered a lump on the right side of my neck while taking a shower. I waited a few days to see if the lump would disappear, but it did not. With a personal history of several diagnoses of skin cancer, I take my health care seriously and scheduled an appointment with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor). The physician performed a biopsy and removed the enlarged lymph node. The results were alarming – I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma.

Carla Rake

Melanoma;  Skin Cancer

Carla Rake

Melanoma;  Skin Cancer

I trust my Fox Chase team with my life. If it were not for them, I don’t know what I would do. I also make sure to remind others that melanoma can be prevented—it just takes effort.

Donna Piunt

Melanoma;  Skin Cancer

Donna Piunt

Melanoma;  Skin Cancer

In November 2011, Donna Piunt was driving along to work like any other 51-year-old, jamming to music in her car. She and her husband, Stefan, were happily married and they had two beautiful daughters in their twenties. Donna arrived to work with a smile on her face as she greeted the little boy she cared for a nanny. In her spare time, she was pursuing her Associate’s Degree in medical billing and coding, which she could work on while the little boy napped.

Richard Millham

Skin Cancer

Richard Millham

Skin Cancer

I was diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma, a highly aggressive and rare skin cancer, with only about 1,800 cases reported in the United States each year. The dermatologist recommended I seek treatment and a plastic surgeon right away. Fox Chase had a Merkel cell team, one of only about 15 in the country. 

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