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Victoria Mirarchi - Patient Story

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"Dr. Reddy clearly had my best interest in mind."

— Victoria Mirarchi, Mother, Grandmother, Sarcoma Survivor

At 81 years old, I was still active and healthy before I had to have surgery at my local hospital to remove a large mass from my abdominal area. The mass was diagnosed as liposarcoma, an aggressive tumor. When it recurred the following year in 2014, I had another procedure, followed by seven weeks of radiation therapy.

By that December, the cancer returned again. My doctor did not recommend further surgery due to a combination of concerns, including my age, so I sought a second opinion at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

My son, Aldo, had participated in a golfing fundraiser at Fox Chase in the 1990s and recommended that I go there for a second opinion. He made the call, and a few days later, Aldo, my daughter, Gloria, and I made the two-and-a-half-hour trip to Fox Chase, where we met with a medical oncologist, and Dr. Sanjay S. Reddy, a surgical oncologist.

Dr. Reddy and the medical oncologist were well prepared to meet with me and presented my treatment options in a thorough, organized manner. They said that I could start a course of chemotherapy to help prevent a recurrence, but I refused that option for several reasons. I was concerned about the potential side effects, and I also understood that chemotherapy had not been proven effective for liposarcoma.

When Dr. Reddy talked about surgery, I knew that was the treatment I wanted. I have a good sense about people, and I trusted him from the beginning. He clearly had my best interest in mind. From that moment and throughout my treatment, I developed a strong relationship with him. My doctors told me that the procedure would be risky, so they asked their colleague, Dr. Alexander Kutikov, a urologic surgeon, to join my treatment team. The surgery was performed in March 2015, and it was successful. I spent two weeks recovering at Fox Chase, where my team of doctors and nurses kept a close eye on me at all times.

My son shares my feelings about Fox Chase and thinks that both surgeons treated me with the utmost respect. Aldo agrees that the nurses were phenomenal and that they gave me all the attention that I needed.

I am so happy everything went well, and I still go back to Fox Chase every few months to see Dr. Reddy. I wish nothing but the best for all the surgeons there, and keep them in my prayers daily.

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