Edward Babiarz

Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

Renal Cell Carcinoma
Edward Babiarz

Ed Babiarz felt as though he was free falling. It was June 7, 2011, he about looking forward to celebrating his 50th birthday in October. Ed got a call at work from his doctor with upsetting news. He had recently undergone a CAT Scan to diagnosis numbness in his leg. To everyone's surprise, the test revealed revealed a tumor on Ed's left kidney.  “The word 'cancer' brought with it feelings of disbelief, despair and a total loss of control,” recalled Ed. “That was followed by fear, anger, resentment and then, finally, hope became vocabulary in my cancer journey.”

From the start, Ed was proactive in his approach to managing the disease. After consulting with a urologist, who recommended surgery at his local hospital, Ed decided to get a second opinion.

“My partner Tim immediately began to research the best facilities to go to for treatment and he found Dr. Robert Uzzo at Fox Chase Cancer Center,” said Ed. “Dr. Uzzo’s outstanding professional abilities and personal treatment philosophy seemed to be the best match for me. A referral was made and I had an appointment very quickly.”

Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, is chief of surgical oncology at Fox Chase. He is world-renowned for treating patients with kidney cancer, often with minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Uzzo feels strongly about salvaging the organ if at all possible, in order to retain function and quality of life. The initial visit with Dr. Uzzo revealed that the best approach for Ed’s tumor was to perform a partial nephrectomy using robotic surgery. Surgery was performed two weeks later and after a two-day stay, Ed went home.  

"The compassionate, professional care I received from the entire treatment team at Fox Chase went beyond any expectations that I had."

“The compassionate, professional care I received from the entire treatment team at Fox Chase went beyond any expectations that I had," shared Ed. "A special mention of the nursing staff should be noted. There was absolutely nothing that I needed or wanted. They anticipated everything.  I could not have been in better hands.”

With the support of Tim and his friends, Ed has healed and also come to terms with his diagnosis. The initial six-month follow-up with Dr. Uzzo showed no recurrence, but annual check ups are slated.  

“Since my relationship began with Fox Chase, I have been asked by friends who are now facing cancer, or by complete strangers who may know someone facing cancer, about my experience. I can honestly tell anyone that Dr. Uzzo and all the terrific people who work at Fox Chase – from the greeter at the information desk, to the nurses, to the anesthesiologist - treat their patients with utmost kindness and compassion. If there is a place to help a person with cancer deal with their unique circumstances, Fox Chase is it."

Throughout his treatment, the numbness in Ed's thigh was not resolved. “The numbness in my thigh is still there," said Ed, who was grateful it was there and caused him to seek medical treatment. "Without that symptom, my cancer may not have been detected. I can live with it and am ever so thankful that my cancer was cured.”