Lung Cancer Patient Stories

  • Marsha Berman

    Marsha Berman

    Although no one expects to be diagnosed with cancer, it didn't come as a complete surprise to Marsha Berman. Both of her parents fought the disease, which eventually claimed her father's life. She was first diagnosed and treated for lung cancer in 1981.

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  • Judith Bernstein

    Judith Bernstein

    A long time resident of Ambler, Judith Bernstein, was enjoying a blessed life. She has a devoted husband, Arnold, a son, a daughter and beautiful grandchildren who are the love of her life. She had been diagnosed with numerous squamous cell skin carcinomas that were successfully removed. But there is much more to Judy.

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  • Theresa DiSalvo

    Theresa DiSalvo

    For several months, Theresa DiSalvo attributed an ongoing dry cough to her allergies. She didn’t think to pursue the symptom further. However, in the spring of 2013, she was rear-ended in a traffic accident and her life was about to change drastically. After being taken to the emergency room to assess her injuries, she was referred to an orthopedist for further evaluation of her back.

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  • Beth Valenti

    Beth Valenti

    Pancoast Tumor

    Beth Valenti always knew smoking was not a good idea, but like many people, she did it anyway. She was young and never really thought about lung cancer. But after losing her mom to cancer in 1996, Beth quit the habit cold turkey. Almost 12 years later, in March 2008, she went to the doctor complaining of pain in her arm. A series of shoulder x-rays revealed a mass on her lung. According to Beth, her doctors advised her to "go home, get your things in order and plan your funeral." She was 41 at the time.

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