General Sarcoma Patient Stories

  • Maria Bento

    Maria Bento

    Maria Bento and her husband, Jose, left Portugal in 1973 and moved to America - the land of opportunity. Once here, they built both a close-knit family and a successful construction business in Philadelphia. Maria, a strong-willed woman, has learned many lessons over the years. Most importantly, to trust her gut and to question the decisions of others. That lesson might have saved her life.

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  • William Beason

    William Beason

    Liposarcoma of the Shoulder

    Bill's brush with cancer came at a relatively young age. The Bucks County resident noticed a small growth on his right shoulder back in 1994. His dermatologist removed it, without taking a biopsy, and Bill didn't think any more about it. A decade later, in 2004 when Bill was just 52, the small growth reappeared, this time putting pressure on nerves to the point that he lost feeling in his arm.

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  • Abu-Methuselah Bradley

    Abu-Methuselah Bradley


    At 6’4” inches tall and a trim 208 pounds, Abu-Methuselah Bradley was the epitome of good health.  An athlete with a muscular build, this pharmaceutical sales representative and part-time church pastor enjoyed bike-riding, running and other outdoor activities. In September, 2013, at the age of 39, this married father of two noticed blood in his urine and took quick action. “I went right to the ER,” said Abu. “They ran some tests but couldn’t really tell me what was wrong.”

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  • Stephen 'Alan' Dewees

    Stephen 'Alan' Dewees

    Sarcoma (leiomyosarcoma arising on the flank)

    At 80 years old, Stephen 'Alan' Dewees admits he is pretty laid back. He enjoys traveling with his wife and friends, and simply enjoying life. But, when it came to addressing a lump that he discovered on his back four years ago, he was anything but passive. A swift treatment plan under the direction of a Fox Chase Cancer Center surgeon has provided Alan the opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest.

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  • Hank Gross

    Hank Gross

    In 2004, Hank Gross was told he'd be lucky to be alive in 2 to 4 years. Before this, Hank had been Director of Family Therapy Training at New York University Medical Center. "I taught classes, organized conferences and seminars, and monitored training sites I developed," recalled Hank. "Basically, during this time, there was a l0-pound tumor sitting on my kidney (a retro-peritoneal sarcoma), so the entire organ had to be removed."

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