Cancer Center Patient Stories

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DICER1 Syndrome: Ellie’s Story

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With a genetic disorder that increases her risk of developing tumors, Ellie is seen regularly at the Cancer Predisposition Program.

Surgery for a Brain Tumor: Julia's Story

Julia in a hospital room

While Julia’s diagnosis of a brain tumor was a shock to her family, the location and type of tumor meant surgery at CHOP was the only treatment she needed.

Pancreatic Acinar Cell Carcinoma: Maddie’s Story

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When she was 12, Maddie was very active — in particular, she practiced gymnastics several hours a day. But stomach pains and weight loss signaled the start of a challenging medical journey for her and her family. 

Neuroblastoma: Ellie’s Story

As a newborn, Ellie spent time in CHOP’s NICU. When she developed symptoms that led to a cancer diagnosis, the family knew that CHOP was the right place for care.

Brain Tumor: Devon’s Story

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May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Devon underwent surgery, chemotherapy and proton therapy for a brain tumor the size of a softball. Within months, she started college and made the Dean’s List.