Leiomyosarcoma Patient Stories

  • Barbara Cremean

    Barbara Cremean

    Beating the odds is old hat to Barbara Cremean. In 1998, after dropping her daughters off at school, she was hit head on by a drunk driver. "I was on my way to the most important meeting of my career—and my life changed in an instant," recalled Barbara. She underwent spinal fusion surgery and started the long road to recovery. Little did she know, her serious health problems had just begun.

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  • Toni Applegate

    Toni Applegate

    Toni Applegate, of Yardville, New Jersey, understands the importance of a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. When a skin tag — which was suspected to be a simple "fatty tumor," and then a form of skin cancer that her dermatologist felt could be taken care of in her office — turned out to be a rare form of cancer known as leiomyosarcoma, it was clear that her case required the attention of a cancer specialist. She found that specialist, and the appropriate treatment plan, at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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  • Robert Crossfield

    Robert Crossfield

    In the summer of 2007, Robert Crossfield was digging a trench for new drain line outside of his home. When he finished, his wife Joan noticed a lump on the right side of his chest through his tank top. As a father of five boys, including triplets, and 30-year Philadelphia fireman, Bob was concerned about the lump and made an appointment with his primary doctor.

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  • Grace Mullen

    Grace Mullen

    Grace Mullen knows exactly how a library is managed. As the archivist at the Westminster Theological Seminary, she knows a lot. What Grace did not know was that she had cancer.

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  • Judy Tomarchio

    Judy Tomarchio


    Judy Tomarchio didn't spend her honeymoon lying on a beach or cruising the Mediterranean. Instead, the 54-year-old South Philadelphia native found herself on the operating table, under the care of James Watson, MD, a surgical oncologist specializing in both GI cancers and sarcomas. That surgery in 2007 was part of her ongoing treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center for leiomyosarcoma, a rare kind of cancer of the soft tissue that can arise from smooth muscle cells anywhere in the body. "We moved the wedding up so we'd be married before the surgery," said Judy. "My Dave was with me from day one - he was my rock.

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