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“I can’t say enough nice things about Dr. John Daly”

— Karen Lucas, DCIS survivor

For more than 20 years, Karen Lucas has been diligent about getting annual mammograms, as well as yearly visits to her OB/GYN. At the age of 65, during a routine mammogram in August 2012, the test showed calcification in both breasts.

“Although I was not scheduled to have a follow-up mammogram for six months, in January 2013, I decided to have another mammogram prior,” explains Karen. Following the test at a local radiology site, her primary care physician called to inform Karen that she should undergo a biopsy with a local surgeon. The surgeon recommended surgery and offered to perform the procedure at her local hospital in Gloucester County, NJ. “I immediately started to research the best cancer treatment centers as I did not want to have surgery in the hospital he recommended.”

Karen turned to her circle of friends for answers.

“My friend and lawyer told me about an oncologist friend of his who recommended I go to Fox Chase Cancer Center,” recalls Karen. “That friend knew Lori Goldstein, MD a medical oncologist at Fox Chase.”

Karen reached out to Fox Chase and was immediately impressed.

“I called Fox Chase Cancer Center and my first contact was with the nurse navigator who asked to see my medical records,” she continues. “The staff at Fox Chase called me the next day and scheduled an appointment for the following Monday. After meeting with the doctors, I was informed that I would need a biopsy which they did that very afternoon.”

Karen was diagnosed with early stage invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer, or DCIS. “Dr. Goldstein was very compassionate and knowledgeable,” adds Karen.  

With an immediate comfort level at Fox Chase, Karen began to search the website for surgical oncologists. “I selected John Daly, MD, FACS, to perform my surgery because I was so impressed by his credentials and immediately felt confident I would receive the best medical care with him,” describes Karen. “Meeting Dr. Daly for the first time reassured me that I was in good hands and I trusted every word he said. He had a warm and caring demeanor which reduced my fears of having surgery. I was relieved when Dr. Daly explained the entire process and he made me feel more relaxed and optimistic of the outcome.”

Within the month, Dr. Daly performed a lumpectomy. He referred to her to Penny Anderson, MD, a radiation oncologist at Fox Chase for follow-up treatment. After recovering from surgery, Dr. Anderson began Karen on an six week course of therapy.

“I appreciated the way my team worked together so quickly,” admits Karen. “Time is critical with a cancer diagnosis and the team of FCCC doctors scheduled the surgery quickly so I did not have to wait and become anxious about the cancer spreading.”

"My team of Fox Chase doctors is excellent."

“My team of Fox Chase doctors is excellent and I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Daly,” says Karen. “He is always nice and patient and he answers all your questions and never rushes patients.  Dr. Goldstein and Dr. Anderson were both amazing and I am forever grateful to every employee with whom I had the pleasure to meet.”

“I recommend Fox Chase Cancer Center to anyone who is diagnosed with cancer as they will receive the most professional treatment from doctors who have been trained in the best hospitals in the country,” Karen shares. “Because it is a cancer center as well as a teaching hospital, Fox Chase has the foremost treatments and clinical trials of any hospital in the United States. I want others to know about Fox Chase so that they or their loved ones might also make the decision to get their treatment at one of the leading hospitals in the region and country.”

In 2016, three years since her treatment, Karen is feeling great and is enjoying her work and her healthy life. A college administrator, says she stays active swimming, boating/sailing, biking, dancing, and most of all traveling. She feels confident her quality of life and health is because of the exceptional care she received from her team at Fox Chase.

“I want to thank everyone connected with my care,” Karen says. “Fox Chase staff is always so compassionate and friendly and it is a pleasure to be helped by people who really care about the patients.”

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