Larry Reddick - Patient Story
"I am now cancer-free. I have the support of loved ones and dedicated doctors."
— Larry Reddick, Father, Grandfather, Husband, Chondrosarcoma of the Larynx
In the fall of 2015, Larry Reddick, 74, was becoming increasingly frustrated with his hoarse voice. It was difficult to speak and his voice quality continued to get worse. He also began to lose weight without trying. “I had a hunch something wasn’t right so I called my primary doctor to get a referral to see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. Unfortunately, I didn’t find my local ENT helpful,” recalls Larry.
Larry turned to his family and circle of friends for advice. “I am very active in church and asked a fellow congregant if she knew of a doctor who could help me. She suggested that I call the Temple Head and Neck Institute,” says Larry.
Larry called and scheduled an appointment with Ahmed Soliman, MD, Director of the Voice, Airway and Swallowing Center at the Temple Head and Neck Institute. "Dr. Soliman performed a thorough head and neck examination and videostroboscopy of the larynx that revealed a mass. The biopsy confirmed a diagnosis of Grade II chondosarcoma of the larynx. Dr. Soliman explained that I had a rare cancer and required surgery," recalls Larry.
Dr. Soliman referred Larry to Christopher Fundakowski, MD, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center who specializes in treating patients with head and neck cancer." Dr. Fundakowski recruited Margaret von Mehren, MD, a medical oncologist, and Neal S. Topham, MD, FACS, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery to his treatment team.
Dr. Fundakowski recomended a procedure to remove the larynx as well as the embedded cartilage, which was also cancerous. Dr. Topham performed the reconstruction.
"Dr. Fundakowski shared his gift and knowledge with me and my outcome was a success."
“I went into my surgery confident of success,” Larry shares. “Dr. Fundakowski and Dr. Topham never rushed me during appointments. They took time to explain everything. My questions were answered. Both doctors are excellent communicators. Dr. Fundakowski shared his gift and knowledge with me and my outcome was a success.”
Having a strong faith is something that Larry feels has helped him through his medical challenges. “I am now cancer-free. I have the support of loved ones and dedicated doctors. I know the support kept me going, but so does a positive attitude,” adds Larry.
Larry, retired from a long career in retail management and as a sales consultant in the printing industry, is a devoted father, grandfather and husband to his wife Sandra, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2015. A musician with the U.S. Navy from 1959-1964, Larry keeps busy in his retirement. “I serve on the board of a local credit union, am active in my church,” adds Larry.
"I recommend Fox Chase because they are solely focused on cancer."
"I recommend Fox Chase because they are solely focused on cancer. The staff is compassionate and professional,” Larry shares.
Larry believes the collaborative approach of Temple Health benefits the patients of Temple, Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center. “It is important for everyone to know there are providers prepared to go the distance with you,” he says. “Fox Chase Cancer Center is the ultimate in quality care professionals. I will always be extremely grateful.”