General Sarcoma Patient Stories

  • Margaret McCaughey

    Margaret McCaughey

    At 54, Peggy McCaughey is counting her blessings. “I am blessed to be alive and I am overjoyed to share my experience about Fox Chase Cancer Center,” she says. Peggy's journey started with heavy menstrual periods, losing hair and back pain. She shared her concerns with her gynecologist whom suggested hormone therapy. “I could not tolerate it,” Peggy recalls. Read more »
  • Robert Smith

    Robert Smith

    Fibrous Spindle Cell Sarcoma

    Robert W. Smith’s story has a happy ending, but began with fear and uncertainty. In 1998, almost out of the blue, he noticed a lump on the side of his torso. “I was 54, healthy and I just felt this lump,” he recalls. He went to a community hospital where doctors ordered testing. The pathology report confirmed that Bob had fibrous spindle cell sarcoma.

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  • Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh


    For Ed Walsh cancer appeared out of the blue. In August 2005, at 52, his wife noticed a golf-ball sized growth on his upper back that had never been there before.  Although he got conflicting advice about what to do – “some doctors said leave it alone, others said biopsy or remove it altogether,” Ed opted to have the lump removed.

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