Colon Cancer Patient Stories

  • 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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  • Richard Bellis

    Richard Bellis

    Colon Cancer with Metastasis to the Liver

    In the fall of 1999 a routine colonoscopy detected polyps on Richard Bellis' colon followed by a biopsy of the polyps. The result? Richard had colon cancer.

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  • Gilberto Rolón

    Gilberto Rolón

    Everyone knows colonoscopies are no fun. Maybe that's why Gilbert Rolon waited until his 70th birthday before he had his first one. By that point, he was already having symptoms of colon cancer - and the colonoscopy confirmed his diagnosis of metastatic colon cancer to the lung. When his doctor learned Gilbert had grown children, he suggested they each have a colonoscopy because of family risk. His son Gilbert, Jr. was diagnosed with polyps, which were easily removed. "I was 45 at the time. If I had waited until I turned 50, I might have had cancer myself," he recalled. "I am the poster child for early detection."

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  • James Slade

    James Slade

    Jim Slade wants the world to understand the importance of cancer screenings, especially for prostate and colon cancers. The underlying reason for his concern is that both screenings may have saved his life.

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  • Ray Beckler

    Ray Beckler

    In the summer of 1974, at the young age of 19, Ray Beckler developed severe hemorrhoids. His family doctor took one look and sent him to a surgeon. Four years post surgery Ray's symptoms remained.

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