Jean Kupiec

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James C. Watson, MD, FACS

Liver Cancer (Bile Duct Cancer) Patient Stories

Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Jean Kupiec

In late 2004, Jean Kupiec, who was 72 at the time, had a CAT Scan that revealed a shadow on her liver. After further testing and analysis of the results, Jean was told that she had a cancerous tumor on the small part of her liver.

"I was scared," admitted Jean. "I had already battled breast cancer — and won — in 1992. But I didn't know what to expect with this diagnosis."

Jean was referred to an interventional radiologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center for further testing. "Thankfully, my case was reviewed by the very talented Dr. Richard Daniels," said Jean.

To treat the tumor, Dr. Daniels prescribed a course of injectable chemotherapy to be administered directly into the tumor in an attempt to close off the blood cells to the tumor. This treatment took place in late December 2004. Within 2 months, in February 2005, James C. Watson, MD, an oncologic surgeon at Fox Chase performed a delicate procedure in which he removed Jean's tumor, while sparing as much of the liver as possible.

"The cancer professionals at Fox Chase Cancer Center are just wonderful."

"The cancer professionals at Fox Chase Cancer Center are just wonderful," said Jean. "I could not have asked for more knowledgeable, compassionate, and attentive people to take care of me. I've always wanted to thank Dr. Daniels personally for the vital role he played in my successful treatment, and I want Dr. Watson and his wonderful nurse Camille to get credit for my tremendous results, so I suppose this is my chance. Thank you to all of you. I am truly grateful."

Jean, who describes herself as a happy and active person who enjoys life with her children, grandchildren and friends, says she "preaches" about Fox Chase Cancer Center all the time. "I've sent at least 4 people to Fox Chase over the years," she said. "I say 'Don't walk ... run to Fox Chase Cancer Center if you have cancer.' They know cancer and they know how to get you well. I'm living proof."

In 2010, Jean reached the 5-year-mark.

In 2010, 78-year-old Jean reported that she does aerobics twice a week, goes out dancing regularly and in February was told she had "graduated" from Fox Chase Cancer Center. "Five years after I was told I had liver cancer, I was told I was officially a survivor," she shared enthusiastically. "Nothing could be better than hearing those words."