Patient Spotlight Jackie's Story Breast Cancer

"Every day is a gift. Even if it's dark or raining, I get up, get to put my feet on the ground and give my son a hug."

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Martha and Bill Downing

Martha's Story

Brain Cancer

Martha's Story

Brain Cancer

"The team at Penn Medicine are all so friendly- they give you hope."

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Abi Ford

Abi's Story

Lung Cancer

Abi's Story

Lung Cancer

“I have a real future thanks to Penn. And with life, comes hope.”

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Allan Shuman

Allan's Story

Lung Cancer

Allan's Story

Lung Cancer

"In last year, I have served in the Israel army, and visited Jordan and Thailand. None of it possible without the cancer geniuses at Penn."

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Joanne Kaiser Smith

Joanne's Story

Optic Tumors

Joanne's Story

Optic Tumors

"Penn was developing a new treatment plan called proton therapy, so we put our heads together and determined that this would be the best course of therapy."

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Bill Barbour

Bill's Story

Prostate Cancer

Bill's Story

Prostate Cancer

"I rode my bike to and from the treatment center and I've continued a very active lifestyle post-treatment."

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Butch, Gary, Joel and Dave's Story

Prostate Cancer

"Once I learned about proton and did all my research, I was relieved to know there was a treatment that was right for me. It took a load off my mind to know I could go to Penn and get proton done at Penn."

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Arianne's Story

Liposarcoma

Arianne's Story

Liposarcoma

"I’ve always been a fighter, and with Penn by my side I overcame the biggest obstacle in my life"

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Arnold's Story

Prostate Cancer
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Arnold's Story

Prostate Cancer

"During treatment, I continually reminded myself that I am a World Champion—that I had the guts to keep going and the strength to maximize the treatment and heal."

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Dr. Lustig's Story

Prostate Cancer
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Dr. Lustig's Story

Prostate Cancer

"I came in the morning, got on the table, had my treatment, and went back to work."

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Bonnie's Story

Pancreatic Cancer

Bonnie's Story

Pancreatic Cancer

I'm a wife, a mother and thanks to Penn, I'm a survivor.

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Carole's Story

Breast Cancer
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Carole's Story

Breast Cancer

"Dr. Rate was amazing," she says. "He asked me about myself - he put me as a person before my cancer diagnosis. He just made me feel I was important - that I was comfortable with the whole process. And, he presented information to me in a very understanding and reassuring way."

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Doug Olson

Doug's Story

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Doug's Story

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

"Suddenly there was new hope and a way to fight."

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Francie's Story

Lung Cancer

Francie's Story

Lung Cancer

“If I had gone to any other medical center, they might have missed the second tumor. And because I had an aggressive form of lung cancer, this potentially missed tumor would have killed me."

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Frank's Story

Prostate Cancer
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Frank's Story

Prostate Cancer

"For me, I wanted to treat the cancer. I wanted to be done with it. That's why I picked proton therapy."

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Jackie's Story

Breast Cancer

Jackie's Story

Breast Cancer

"Every day is a gift. Even if it's dark or raining, I get up, get to put my feet on the ground and give my son a hug."

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Jim's Story

Head and Neck Cancer
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Jim's Story

Head and Neck Cancer

"I can't say enough about the Abramson Cancer Center."

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John Kane

John's Story

Lung Cancer
John Kane

John's Story

Lung Cancer

“Penn has given me four cancer-free years to be with my family, to take vacations, to celebrate life. I am a medical miracle thanks to Penn.”

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Jules' Story

Metastatic Melanoma

Jules' Story

Metastatic Melanoma

"I was given four months to live... more than three years ago."

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Kathy's Story

Lung Cancer
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Kathy's Story

Lung Cancer

"Penn Medicine was a wonderful choice for us. They used a team approach."

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Ken's Story

Head and Neck Cancer
Cure Is Within Banner with Ken

Ken's Story

Head and Neck Cancer

"I had a team of 10 specialists all focused on me, all talking together, and maintaining communication with my primary care doctor in New Jersey. I didn’t need to think about anything but getting well."

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Kim's Story

Pancreatic Cancer

Kim's Story

Pancreatic Cancer

"You need to be someplace that's going to treat your cancer," she says, emphasizing the last two words. "Penn treated my cancer. They didn't treat pancreatic cancer. They treated my pancreatic cancer."

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Kristina's Story

Thyroid Cancer

Kristina's Story

Thyroid Cancer

Kristina Black was only 23 when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

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Lauryn's Story

Breast Cancer

Lauryn's Story

Breast Cancer

"Everyone was on the same team – my team."

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Megan's Story

Sarcoma

Megan's Story

Sarcoma

"When I came to the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) with stage 2 synovial sarcoma, I needed hope and I needed help. Dr. Kristy Weber treated my cancer in a way no one else could. She saved my leg and my life. Thanks to the sarcoma program at the ACC, I am a three-month cancer survivor."

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Smiling Girl

Melissa's Story

Breast Cancer
Smiling Girl

Melissa's Story

Breast Cancer

"My mother left me many things, and one of the greatest things was Dr. Henry."

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Pati Disantis and Kim Pearson

Pati and Kim's Story

Ovarian cancer
Pati Disantis and Kim Pearson

Pati and Kim's Story

Ovarian cancer

"We got through this as sisters, as a family and with the amazing support of Dr. Giuntoli and the entire Penn team."

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Paul Trenchard

Paul Trenchard's Story

Prostate cancer
Paul Trenchard

Paul Trenchard's Story

Prostate cancer

“Shortly after treatment ended, my wife and I traveled to California for a wedding. I felt great.”

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Rick's Story

Esophageal Cancer
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Rick's Story

Esophageal Cancer

"The Esophagectomy Support Group at Penn really helped me adjust and relate to others going through the same side effects I was experiencing."

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Robert's Story

Leukemia

Robert's Story

Leukemia

"Penn treated my cancer through the whole three year process like I was the only patient in the entire hospital."

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Sarah's Story

Ovarian Cancer
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Sarah's Story

Ovarian Cancer

"I had so many questions, 'Should I enroll in a trial? Which one? Where? Should I give the current treatment a little more time?' I was feeling confused, conflicted and fragile."

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Stanley Williams

Stan's Story

Salivary Gland Cancer

Stan's Story

Salivary Gland Cancer

"Proton therapy is the most targeted radiation therapy and allows us to deliver the highest radiation dose to a tumor while minimizing damage to surrounding tissues."

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Susan's Story

Breast Cancer
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Susan's Story

Breast Cancer

"The truth is, my 'healing' didn't begin until I began to tell my story — through writing and performing Susan's Undoing. And I had to tell ALL of it: the sadness, the anger, the sense of betrayal. My goal now is to give others the confidence to tell their stories."

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Susan's Story

Ovarian Cancer
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Susan's Story

Ovarian Cancer

"I didn’t even need pain medication after 48 hours. It really was a miracle."

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Tara's Story

BRCA Mutation

Tara's Story

BRCA Mutation

“I knew at that moment I had to educate myself about breast cancer to protect my health and my life: I have a husband I love dearly and nieces and nephews who could be affected by my outcome.”

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Ted Fitzgerald

Ted's Story

Lung cancer
Ted Fitzgerald

Ted's Story

Lung cancer

“I had a cough that just wouldn’t quit. Thankfully, neither would my team at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center.”

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Tom's Story

Nasal Tumor