Skin Cancer Patient Stories

  • Richard Millham

    Richard Millham

    Merkel Cell Carcinoma

    When he started running in 1989 at the age 55, Dick Millham thought he was taking strides towards a healthier lifestyle. And while he was indeed doing his heart and body good, the fact that he ran in the heat of summer without the benefit of hat, shirt or sunscreen eventually caught up with him. “I always thought that my olive skin meant I wouldn’t have a problem with the sun or skin cancer,” said Dick.

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  • Donna Piunt

    Donna Piunt

    Melanoma, Stage 3B

    In November 2011, Donna Piunt was driving along to work like any other 51-year-old, jamming to music in her car. She and her husband, Stefan, were happily married and they had two beautiful daughters in their twenties. Donna arrived to work with a smile on her face as she greeted the little boy she cared for a a nanny. In her spare time, she was pursuing her Associate’s Degree in medical billing and coding, which she could work on while the little boy napped. Still, she asked herself, “What am I doing to make a difference?” Donna would soon find out when she was diagnosed with stage 3b melanoma as she took on the role of educating others about the dangers of the sun.

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  • Ellen Prince

    Ellen Prince

    Melanoma

    Ellen Prince enjoys helping others in need. She volunteers at Cradles to Crayons, which assists children, and also works as a volunteer EMT and community liaison for an ambulance service. She formerly worked at Albert Einstein Medical Center as a lactation coordinator, and as an elementary school teacher. The married mother of three adult sons has a caring nature and an appreciation for kindness. She noted that the excellent care she received from the doctors, nurses and staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center is something she wants to tell others about. Her story is about how one doctor made all the difference. 

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  • Patricia Prior-Scheivert

    Patricia Prior-Scheivert

    Melanoma

    Pat Prior-Scheivert knew something was wrong in November 2008 when she found a lump the size of a lemon on the right side of her groin. “It wasn’t there when I showered that morning, but it was that night,” she recalled.  Pat, who was 69 at the time, didn’t waste time getting to her family doctor, who ordered a CAT scan.

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  • Joseph Weiss

    Melanoma

    Like most beach lovers of a certain age, Joe Weiss didn’t worry about too much exposure to the sun when he was spending childhood summers at the Jersey shore. Fast-forward five decades or so, and in 2009, at the age of 66, Joe noticed some changes in a dime-sized mole on his back. He went to his local doctor, who did a biopsy, which came back as a level 5 melanoma.

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