“I went to Penn with 4 months to live. That was 3 years ago.”
Jules Rauch Metastatic Melanoma Survivor
After his melanoma came back four times, he was told he had 4 months left. Then Jules entered a clinical trial at the Abramson Cancer Center that killed his cancer by boosting his immune system.
“I'm a living witness to tell that the cure is within at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center.”
Lauryn H. Breast Cancer Survivor
Lauryn was surprised when a routine mammogram revealed a tumor in her breast. From advanced surgical procedures and genetic testing, to reconstruction the team at Penn offered her a treatment plan that helped her feel like herself again.
“Tiny little protons made a huge impact on my life.”
Kim Vernick Pancreatic Cancer Survivor
A vaccine therapy helped shrink Kim's tumor so that surgeons could take it out, but when her cancer recurred, Proton Therapy proved to be the one-two punch that would take out her cancer for good.
“I had better options than my mom, and my nieces and nephew will have even better options than Aunt Tara.”
Tara Finer BRCA2 Mutation, At-Risk for Breast/Ovarian Cancer
When Tara was only 18 years old, her mom died of Breast Cancer. At 36, Tara was diagnosed. After testing positive for BRAC2, she felt empowered to control her own destiny.
“They trained my immune system to attack the cancer - it wasn't even a fair fight.”
Doug Olson Lymphocytic Leukemia Survivor
When Doug was diagnosed with Lymphocytic Leukemia, Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center did what others said wasn't possible. He was out of the options and three weeks after their incredible therapy they couldn't find one leukemia cell. Not one!
“Penn identified my cancer's rare gene abnormalities and after only 8 weeks, my tumor shrunk by 80%.”
Mark Gettis Lung Cancer Survivor
At the Abramson Cancer Center Mark learned that no two cancers were alike. Penn's Center for Personalized Diagnostics identified a gene abnormality that helped his doctors identify a trial that worked better for him than chemo and radiation.
“When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my Penn team created a customized plan for me.”
Paul Trenchard Prostate Cancer Survivor
As part of his treatment plan, Paul chose to have radiation therapy with a Proton boost. He had part of his treatment close to home at Penn Radiation Oncology - Doylestown and received his proton therapy in Philadelphia. Today, he is cancer free.
“When you get a diagnosis like lung cancer, you immediately think of its consequences
So far, I'm way ahead of the game.”
John Kane Lung Cancer Survivor
When John had a cough he couldn't shake, he never imagined it was Stage 4 lung cancer. After four years and a groundbreaking vaccine trial at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center, he continues to enjoy a full life