Colon Cancer Patient Stories

  • Maria Carosella

    Maria Carosella

    Colon Cancer with Metastasis to the Lung

    "I'll never forget the day I was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was February 14, 2002 - my husband's birthday," recalled Maria Carosella. She asked her doctor to perform a colonoscopy because she had been symptomatic for quite some time.

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  • Deborah Dahl

    Deborah Dahl

    When Deborah Dahl recalls being in her late 20s and single in 1992, it's probably not what you would expect. After experiencing stomach pains, she went to her doctor, who ordered a colonoscopy.

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  • Loretta Denofa

    Loretta Denofa

    "I don't have cancer. I was not treated at Fox Chase Cancer Center, but the doctors there saved my life. How? Because my mom had cancer and Dr. Farma saved her life. My mom is my world. She is my best friend," shared Angela Denofa, whose mother, Loretta, was surgically treated for colon cancer at Fox Chase in 2009.

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  • Rosalie Fox

    Rosalie Fox

    Although Rosalie Fox was widowed in 1981 at the age of 60, she is far from lonely. Little did she know that just 9 years later, her 6 children would produce 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. That same year, in 1990, Rosalie had her annual physical examination. Blood tests showed that she was anemic. Further testing would determine she had a blockage that was caused by colon cancer.

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  • William Killian

    William Killian

    If you meet Bill Killian, he'll most likely ask you "Why is laughter the best medicine?" His answer? "Because there is no co-pay." In his spare time, Bill has a stand-up comedy routine about cancer. "Obviously, the only people who can appreciate the humor are those who have had cancer. If you can find humor in an iliostomy bag, you can get through anything! "A born comedian, Bill has learned to laugh his way through the most serious time in his life.

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