Liposarcoma Patient Stories

  • Barbara Pennypacker

    Barbara Pennypacker

    Liposarcoma

    In late 2010, Barbara Pennypacker, who was 53, had been experiencing pain on her side for several months.  She was losing weight and at first thought she had a mass on her gall bladder. In January, 2011, as Barbara‚Äôs pain intensified, her primary doctor sent her to the emergency department at her local hospital. Doctors ordered several tests, including CT scans, blood work, urine testing and X-rays.

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  • Michelle Santangelo

    Michelle Santangelo

    Liposarcoma

    In the spring of 2011, Michelle Santangelo noticed a hard bump on her hip so she had her doctor check it out. The doctor ordered an X-ray which showed “fatty tissue in normal limits.” She followed her doctor’s recommendation, and didn't worry about it, especially because she was so healthy and active. Then in July, after a moderate mountain hike, she developed excruciating pain in her lower leg. She went to a general surgeon to have the growth removed the following month. Tests revealed she had malignant stage three liposarcoma, a type of tumor that grows within the fat cells in deep soft tissue.  

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