Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

  • Louis Della Penna

    Louis Della Penna

    The burden of cancer is one that Louis Della Penna knows all too well. In 1994, Louis came to Fox Chase with concerns about a chronic sore throat. He met with Dr. John "Drew" Ridge, chief of head and neck surgery. Dr. Ridge determined that his sore throat was caused by acid reflux. Fortunately for Louis, Dr. Ridge did not stop his examination there.

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  • Marion Evans

    Marion Evans

    Kidney Cancer

    Marion Evans and his wife, Terri Rinaldi-Evans, truly appreciate the quiet beauty surrounding their home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. That’s because they spent most of their life working in the music industry in New York City. Marion is a veteran music arranger and composer, and Terri an accomplished singer. So when Marion learned he had a growth on his kidney 2006 at the age of 80, he could have easily traveled to New York for treatment. But Fox Chase Cancer Center was recommended by some friends. He made the call that changed his life.

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  • Angela Fedele

    Angela Fedele

    In 1983, Angela Fedele was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time she was going through a divorce. This 42-year-old mother of 4 felt that her whole life was crumbling apart. "I felt totally alone and full of despair," shared Angela, who put her health in the hands of her surgeon. After the mastectomy to remove the cancer, Angela tried to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. Little did she know this was just the beginning of a long journey with cancer that would span more than 2 decades.

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  • Nancy Finnegan

    Nancy Finnegan

    Although Nancy Finnegan lives in Florida, she often visits with family and friends in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While up north visiting her sisters in 2001, Nancy went to her doctor with complaints of a lingering cold and lots of bruising. After blood tests, an ultra sound and a bone marrow biopsy, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL).

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  • Othel Freeman

    Othel Freeman

    “This is your nurse, Lisa Hicks. We have a team of doctors and nurses here to take care of you and we will do everything possible to make you better.”

    Those were the words Othel Freeman heard the first time she met Dr. Kutikov at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Debilitated by severe back pain in February 2010, Othel, who was 63, had landed in the emergency department at the hospital near her home in Newark, Delaware. “I’d been having some pain, but I just thought I was tired. I was extremely active, commuting to Washington, D.C. for work, always being active. I figured it was exhaustion.Until it got so bad I couldn’t stand up. It took me 12 hours to get myself to the ER,” recalled Othel, who is and currently working part-time as a contract officer representative for Federal government agency.

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