Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

  • 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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  • Roger Grooms

    Roger Grooms

    Benign Kidney Tumor (Oncocytoma)

    In February 2011, Roger Grooms had his annual checkup with his internist. A routine blood test revealed increased creatinine levels, which can indicate a problem with the kidney. Further testing uncovered a four centimeter mass on Roger’s kidney. He met with a doctor in Fairfax, Virginia, near his home. “The doctor indicated that I had a large tumor, in a very difficult position, on the back of my right kidney,” recalled Roger. “He called it kidney cancer because 95 percent of the time, that’s what it is. He also suggested that due to its size, the tumor had probably spread. My next step was surgery to remove the entire kidney.”

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  • Berch Harris

    Berch Harris

    While managing kidney disease and dialysis, Berch Harris fought cancer, too - and at the same time contributed more to the community than most people who work full-time jobs.

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  • Ray Jastemski

    Ray Jastemski

    Ray Jastemski is a betting man. He enjoys traveling to watch horse races. So what are the odds on developing recurring Hodgkin's lymphoma AND a kidney tumor? For Ray, the odds were high.

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  • Mark Kabulski

    Mark Kabulski

    Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection

    Mark Kabulski and his wife, Barbara, could not have been more shocked when his papillary kidney cancer returned since he underwent surgery in December 2012 to have his kidney removed at his local hospital in New Jersey. One year later, in 2013, a follow up CAT Scan revealed four enlarged lymph nodes in the retro peritoneal cavity, next to the site of surgery. “The removal of my kidney gave me a 97 percent chance that the cancer would not return,” recalled Mark. “My doctor was as shocked as we were.”

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