Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Patient Stories

  • Rosalie Fox

    Rosalie Fox

    Although Rosalie Fox was widowed in 1981 at the age of 60, she is far from lonely. Little did she know that just 9 years later, her 6 children would produce 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. That same year, in 1990, Rosalie had her annual physical examination. Blood tests showed that she was anemic. Further testing would determine she had a blockage that was caused by colon cancer.

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Breast Cancer with Metastasis Patient Stories

  • Teresa Palumbo

    Teresa Palumbo

    Breast Cancer with Metastasis to the Brain

    Imagine being told you have an inoperable brain tumor with about 3 months to live. What would you do? In 2007, Teresa Palumbo had to face that dilemma. Lucky for Teresa, her husband knew what to do. Nicholas figured if anyone could treat his wife, it would be the doctors at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He happened to be right.

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Inflammatory Breast Cancer Patient Stories

  • Norma Snyder

    Norma Snyder

    In 1991, Dr. Mary Daly, a medical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, created the Family Risk Assessment Program, to research the genetic risk of certain types of cancer. In order to get the program off the ground, she needed to recruit participants in the program.

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Mammography Van Patient Stories

  • Gina Conners

    Gina Conners

    Mobile Mammography

    "In 1997 I was 42 years old, married, living on a horse farm and in excellent health. I had a good job working as a contractor for a large Philadelphia corporation," explains Gina Conners. The last thing Gina was thinking about was breast cancer. She had a baseline mammogram when she was 40 and it was fine.

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Prophylactic Mastectomy Patient Stories

  • Angela Fedele

    Angela Fedele

    In 1983, Angela Fedele was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time she was going through a divorce. This 42-year-old mother of 4 felt that her whole life was crumbling apart. "I felt totally alone and full of despair," shared Angela, who put her health in the hands of her surgeon. After the mastectomy to remove the cancer, Angela tried to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. Little did she know this was just the beginning of a long journey with cancer that would span more than 2 decades.

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Risk Assessment Program Breast Cancer 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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Stage 0 Breast Cancer (DCIS) Patient Stories

  • Darlene Collins

    Darlene Collins

    Darlene Collins worries about African American women and breast cancer. As a breast cancer survivor herself, she knows from talking with friends that many women don’t have a firm handle on what all their options are.

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer

  • Linda Snow

    Linda Snow

    As soon as Linda Snow learned she was adopted, she was curious about her roots. As a teen, she wondered about the health history of her birth parents. In addition to suggesting she have her first mammogram at age 30 to obtain a baseline, Linda’s OB/GYN referred her to the Risk Assessment Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center founded by Mary Daly, MD, PhD. 

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