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Testicular Cancer Patient Stories

Brian Derby

Testicular Cancer

Brian Derby

Testicular Cancer

Before his cancer diagnosis, Brian Derby was a very quiet and private person. In June 2014, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Brian understood the importance of seeking medical attention quickly after noticing a change in his body. “I decided to go public with my experience because if I can help other guys catch cancer early, it’s worth me sharing my story,” Brian says.

Pete Vaccaro

Testicular Cancer

Pete Vaccaro

Testicular Cancer

When I walked into Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1998, I wasn’t sure I would be around for the birth of my first child. I was 31 years old at the time, and had just been diagnosed with cancer. Today, my wife Natalie and I have a two sons and a daughter. My life is complete, and I owe it all to Fox Chase.

My wife was pregnant with our first child when I realized that my chronic back pain was worrisome. My doctor ordered an X-ray, which revealed a mass on my abdomen that looked like cancer. My world seemed to slow down. The diagnosis came completely out of the blue.

Dennis Trego

Testicular Cancer

Dennis Trego

Testicular Cancer

As tough as it was when he was going through it, initial surgery at an outside hospital, followed by a course of chemotherapy, were not enough to combat Dennis Trego’s testicular cancer. He arrived at Fox Chase for a second opinion in 2011 - and was offered life-saving surgery. In November 2010, 61-year-old Dennis Trego experienced an abnormal swelling in his right testicle.  He sought medical attention right away and an ultrasound was ordered. Unfortunately, the results were inconclusive. Additional testing, including blood work, revealed testicular cancer.  

Andrew Steinmetz

Testicular Cancer

Andrew Steinmetz

Testicular Cancer

Working in retail takes a person with an outgoing personality and a commitment to customer service. “I really like the pace of working in the store,” says Andrew Steinmetz, 23, who is a manager at a business supply store in Philadelphia. “I like helping customers and meeting new people.” Andrew’s upbeat and positive attitude is evident as he shares the story of his battle of testicular cancer. 

James Nulph

Testicular Cancer

James Nulph

Testicular Cancer

Jim Nulph was just 29 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He’d felt a lump in the shower, but didn’t pay much attention until it doubled in size in two weeks. “That was scary,” recalled Jim. “But being a guy, I went into a state of denial.  My wife Estelle took it hard. It took me a couple of days to process it.  I wanted to be strong for my wife and kids.”

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