Lee Mizrahi

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Lee Mizrahi

Cancer has not stopped Lee from doing new things. He recently learned to ride a motor scooter, pictured above.

When it came time for Lee to choose a cancer hospital, it was one of the easiest decisions he would make.

Coming to Fox Chase was an Easy Choice

Although he did not work directly for a hospital, Lee Mizrahi knows most of the area's hospitals inside and out. Lee spent 35 years working in hospital sales for a medical equipment company. His territory spanned from Washington, D.C. to Maine and as far west as Ohio. When it came time for Lee to choose a cancer hospital, it was one of the easiest decisions he would make.

In the spring of 1996, Lee had trouble eating and swallowing food. His doctor ordered an endoscopy that immediately revealed cancer in his stomach and esophagus. "I was asymptomatic until the day I went to the doctor. It never crossed my mind that I had cancer," recalled Lee.

"I wanted to go to Fox Chase Cancer Center because it is one of the top cancer hospitals in the country."

Although Lee's doctor referred him to a hospital in New Jersey, Lee took matters into his own hands. "I wanted to go to Fox Chase Cancer Center because it is one of the top cancer hospitals in the country," said Lee. And he did.

Lee met with a Fox Chase surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal cancers, Dr. Melvyn Goldberg, who has since retired. The surgeon removed all of the cancer (which necessitated resection of most of his esophagus and some of his stomach), he then created a neo-esophagus from the remaining stomach. Preserving function has always been a top priority for doctors at Fox Chase. Lee reported, "I can eat almost anything I want and feel great!"

"The nursing care was exceptional."

Following surgery, Lee underwent simultaneous chemotherapy and radiation therapy to attack any cancerous cells that may have been left behind, and reduce the chance of recurrence. "My treatment was great," said Lee. "The nursing care was exceptional."

"Fox Chase met all of my expectations. The medical care was exactly what I needed. I was well attended to and had all of my questions answered quickly."

Lee meets with radiation oncologists at Fox Chase each year to check his progress. Lee shared, "They are thorough and give you confidence in the care you are getting."

"I wouldn't change anything about my treatment."

Lee's friends often share stories about their cancer treatment at other hospitals. He explained, "After learning about their experiences, I am so happy I chose Fox Chase. I was completely satisfied with my experience. I wouldn't change anything about my treatment."

Today, Lee is retired and enjoys traveling through the country with his wife of 18 years, Carol. He describes Carol as "every bit as helpful as any other caregiver I had. Her love and support got me through the most difficult time in my life."

"Don't play with cancer. If you're going to be treated for cancer, you go to Fox Chase. Period."

Lee's advice to others? "Don't play with cancer. I didn't choose Fox Chase Cancer Center blindly. I knew exactly what I was doing. If you're going to be treated for cancer, you go to Fox Chase. Period."