Robert Evans - Patient Story

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"I was blown away by the staff at Fox Chase!"

— Robert Evans

In August 2015, Robert Evans, 70, went to a local suburban Philadelphia hospital to have surgery for a ruptured bowel after experiencing extreme pain in his abdomen. During the surgery, doctors performed a temporary colostomy because they suspected he had a rectal perforation. Doctors also decided it was best to remove his appendix because it was inflamed and interfering with the procedure. This procedure was fairly routine, and a cancer diagnosis was far from Robert’s mind.  

Only after removing the appendix and performing a biopsy was the cancer revealed. Doctors ordered eight rounds of chemotherapy.

Robert and his family agreed it would be wise to seek a second opinion. Living only 10 minutes from Fox Chase Cancer Center, Robert had driven past the Center many times.

“I remembered seeing very compelling ads from Fox Chase,” said Robert. “They were definitely a factor in my decision.”

In January 2016, Robert met with Efrat Dotan, MD, a medical oncologist at Fox Chase. After reviewing Robert’s diagnosis, Dr. Dotan brought on Sanjay S. Reddy, MD, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase, who has experience with appendiceal cancer.

“I was blown away by Dr. Reddy,” said Robert. “The way he approached my complex case, his bedside manner, how he was able to make my wife and me feel comfortable; every time we met with Dr. Reddy he got better and better.”

On May 6, 2016, after several presurgery consultations, Dr. Reddy reversed Robert’s colostomy. While performing this procedure, Dr. Reddy was able to make sure the cancer had not spread.

Following his surgery, Robert stayed at Fox Chase for eight days.

“I was incredibly impressed, as was my wife. My stay at Fox Chase was unlike any other hospital stay I’d had,” said Robert. “The quietness was absolutely incredible and it was a very calming environment.”

Back at home with his wife of 46 years, Robert is healing well.

His only frustration is that Dr. Reddy will not let him back on the ballroom dance floor until he is completely healed from surgery. Robert and his wife are long-time dancers, and Robert is eager to get the green light from Dr. Reddy. 

“I’m hoping to be dancing again very soon,” said Robert. 

Despite his temporary restrictions, Robert is well on his way to getting back to his daily routines, both at home and in his work as a consultant to nonprofits.

“I’m feeling almost normal and there are no signs of any cancer. I was blown away by the staff at Fox Chase,” he said. “From the person cleaning my room to the top level nurses and physicians, everyone was spectacular.”

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