Bladder Cancer Patient Stories

  • Paul Cervone

    Paul Cervone

    Paul Cervone had just celebrated his 50th birthday when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in June 2002. After experiencing painful urination, he visited a local hospital where he underwent several rounds of testing to determine the cause of his pain. Doctors identified a suspicious mass during a cystoscopy, a test that allows physicians to see the interior lining of the bladder and urethra. “Upon a biopsy, the mass was found to be cancerous,” recalls Paul, who turned 64 in 2015.  He wished to have the biopsy performed by another doctor to confirm the diagnosis. For the second opinion, he selected a hospital in Center City, Philadelphia and after that appointment opted to pursue a third opinion. “That is when we discovered Fox Chase Cancer Center,” he says.

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  • Joseph Dequinque

    Joseph Dequinque

    South Philadelphia resident Joseph DeQuinque tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  He’s a non-smoker, watches his diet and takes frequent walks with his wife Laura, with whom he celebrated his 55th wedding anniversary in 2014.

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  • Albert Egner

    Albert Egner

    In 1980, Albert Egner was at home one day when his phone rang. On the other end was a woman he had never met before, named Bernadette, who had dialed her old phone number out of curiosity. It turned out that Al was the lucky person who inherited her phone number. After a long conversation, they decided to meet. A courtship began and continued for 20 years, when Al decided to make it "official." The two married in 2002, when Albert was in his early 60's.

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  • Nancy Finnegan

    Nancy Finnegan

    Although Nancy Finnegan lives in Florida, she often visits with family and friends in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While up north visiting her sisters in 2001, Nancy went to her doctor with complaints of a lingering cold and lots of bruising. After blood tests, an ultra sound and a bone marrow biopsy, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL).

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  • Richard Frantz

    Richard Frantz

    In 2010, at the age of 63, Richard Frantz spent his days managing the family excavation and construction business in Monroe County, PA, where he operated heavy equipment, met with clients, and handled company matters. Active and healthy, Richard realized he needed to see a urologist when he experienced urgency in urinating and pain after urination. After several rounds of tests, physicians diagnosed Richard with bladder cancer.  

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