Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

  • Nancy Finnegan

    Nancy Finnegan

    Although Nancy Finnegan lives in Florida, she often visits with family and friends in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While up north visiting her sisters in 2001, Nancy went to her doctor with complaints of a lingering cold and lots of bruising. After blood tests, an ultra sound and a bone marrow biopsy, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL).

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  • Othel Freeman

    Othel Freeman

    “This is your nurse, Lisa Hicks. We have a team of doctors and nurses here to take care of you and we will do everything possible to make you better.”

    Those were the words Othel Freeman heard the first time she met Dr. Kutikov at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Debilitated by severe back pain in February 2010, Othel, who was 63, had landed in the emergency department at the hospital near her home in Newark, Delaware. “I’d been having some pain, but I just thought I was tired. I was extremely active, commuting to Washington, D.C. for work, always being active. I figured it was exhaustion.Until it got so bad I couldn’t stand up. It took me 12 hours to get myself to the ER,” recalled Othel, who is and currently working part-time as a contract officer representative for Federal government agency.

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  • Kevin Galligan

    Kevin Galligan

    Stage IV Renal Cancer

    In July 2012, Kevin Galligan returned from a business trip to the Middle East with a respiratory infection and a bad cough. His internist prescribed an antibiotic and suggested a chest X-Ray. After several days on the drug, the cough and related symptoms were gone and Kevin was feeling well. The following week, Kevin’s doctor called with the X-Ray results, pointing out an issue on his right lung. Kevin promptly met with a pulmonologist.

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  • Roger Grooms

    Roger Grooms

    Benign Kidney Tumor (Oncocytoma)

    In February 2011, Roger Grooms had his annual checkup with his internist. A routine blood test revealed increased creatinine levels, which can indicate a problem with the kidney. Further testing uncovered a four centimeter mass on Roger’s kidney. He met with a doctor in Fairfax, Virginia, near his home. “The doctor indicated that I had a large tumor, in a very difficult position, on the back of my right kidney,” recalled Roger. “He called it kidney cancer because 95 percent of the time, that’s what it is. He also suggested that due to its size, the tumor had probably spread. My next step was surgery to remove the entire kidney.”

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  • Berch Harris

    Berch Harris

    While managing kidney disease and dialysis, Berch Harris fought cancer, too - and at the same time contributed more to the community than most people who work full-time jobs.

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