Colon Cancer Patient Stories

  • Maria Carosella

    Maria Carosella

    Colon Cancer with Metastasis to the Lung

    "I'll never forget the day I was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was February 14, 2002 - my husband's birthday," recalled Maria Carosella. She asked her doctor to perform a colonoscopy because she had been symptomatic for quite some time.

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  • Deborah Dahl

    Deborah Dahl

    When Deborah Dahl recalls being in her late 20s and single in 1992, it's probably not what you would expect. After experiencing stomach pains, she went to her doctor, who ordered a colonoscopy.

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  • Rosalie Fox

    Rosalie Fox

    Although Rosalie Fox was widowed in 1981 at the age of 60, she is far from lonely. Little did she know that just 9 years later, her 6 children would produce 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. That same year, in 1990, Rosalie had her annual physical examination. Blood tests showed that she was anemic. Further testing would determine she had a blockage that was caused by colon cancer.

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  • William Killian

    William Killian

    If you meet Bill Killian, he'll most likely ask you "Why is laughter the best medicine?" His answer? "Because there is no co-pay." In his spare time, Bill has a stand-up comedy routine about cancer. "Obviously, the only people who can appreciate the humor are those who have had cancer. If you can find humor in an iliostomy bag, you can get through anything! "A born comedian, Bill has learned to laugh his way through the most serious time in his life.

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  • Frank McAndrew

    Frank McAndrew

    Colon Cancer with Metastasis to the Abdominal Lymph Nodes

    Frank McAndrew hoped he was through with cancer 10 years ago, when he had successful surgery and chemotherapy to treat colon cancer. But in November 2010, after a routine CAT scan, his doctor discovered a tumor in Frank’s lower abdomen. Because it was in a precarious place, on the left ventricle going down his leg, he was not a candidate for surgery. Frank's doctor recommended he go to Fox Chase Cancer Center for treatment.

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