Risk Assessment Program Patient Stories

  • Amy Dysart

    Amy Dysart

    When she was a teenager, Amy Dysart's world was turned upside down. That is when her mother, Gail, 38, was diagnosed with breast cancer. "When she had a recurrence of her cancer at age 42, my mom was treated by the best doctors at Fox Chase, but unfortunately she passed away." It was 1988 and Amy was only 20 years old. She also lost her maternal grandmother, great grandmother and three great aunts to breast cancer.

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  • Linda Stockman-Vines

    Linda Stockman-Vines

    Linda Stockman-Vines considers herself lucky. She has been closely monitored by the doctors at Fox Chase Cancer Center since 1993, but does not have cancer. Instead, Linda has a strong family history of cancer and wants to do all she can to avoid getting cancer if she can.

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  • Betsy Billigmeier

    Betsy Billigmeier

    It’s one thing to find out you test positive for the BRCA2 gene.  It’s another thing to know what to do with that sobering knowledge. Betsy Billigmeier supported her own mother through two bouts with breast cancer, including treatment with a double mastectomy.  Aware of the genetic link between breast and ovarian cancer, Betsy opted for genetic testing at Fox Chase Cancer Center. When Betsy learned she carried, the BRCA2 gene, this single mother urged her daughters to undergo testing.

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  • Daniel Dacunha

    Daniel Dacunha

    In the spring 2007, Daniel Dacunha and his wife, Joanne, were watching television. "I saw a commercial that caught my eye," recalled Daniel. "It was for prostate cancer treatment and prevention at Fox Chase Cancer Center. After learning about their Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment Program, I figured I should call." The program is designed for men at increased risk of developing prostate cancer, which is often due to family history. Because Daniel's father, brother and cousins had prostate cancer, he knew the importance of calling Fox Chase.

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  • Carlette Knox

    Carlette Knox

    When Carlette Knox felt a lump in her right breast in 2009, she knew she was at risk for cancer.  It was something she and her four sisters had talked about, because their mother had breast cancer twice and was battling pancreatic cancer. Their father had died of colon cancer and many members of the extended family had also fought this disease.

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