Regional Cancer Center ~ Erie, PA

A Face of RCC

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  • "I learned to replace my anxiety with...something to look forward to"

    "I learned to replace my anxiety with...something to look forward to"

    Barb Guelcher can tell you first hand of the fear and anxiety that swept over her when she was diagnosed with cancer. Over the years she had accompanied others to the Regional Cancer Center for their treatment.


  • "I am still here with my family because God blessed me with such great care.”

    "I am still here with my family because God blessed me with such great care.”

    Carole Hunink is not shy about expressing her appreciation for the care she received at The Regional Cancer Center under the direction of Dr. Jan Rothman.


  • Lung Cancer Won't Stop Mark From Singing

    Lung Cancer Won't Stop Mark From Singing

    Making music is Mark Stockhausen’s passion, so much so he never stopped making music even as he was treated aggressively for Stage III Small Cell Lung Cancer.


  • "I knew they would give me the tools to fight with"

    "I knew they would give me the tools to fight with"

    Diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer, Patty knew that Dr. Rothman and Tarrah (RCC Research Associate) would give her the "tools to fight with." She was started on a clinical trial where Tarrah and Dr. Rothman monitored her daily. Patty mentions how blessed she is to have a cancer center like this in Erie and knew from the first time she walked in the doors of RCC, she "just felt safe."


  • Comradery Formed at RCC

    Comradery Formed at RCC

    Testicular cancer patients, Gary and James found friendship in the waiting room of RCC. “It’s like the first day of school, you are nervous to meet new people and don’t know what to expect,” says James. With similar hobbies of fishing, camping and being outdoors, it was easy for the two to strike up a conversation and hit it off even though their paths to RCC were quite different.


  • Forever grateful for the expert care received close to home.

    Forever grateful for the expert care received close to home.

    Wanda Wilcox will be forever grateful for the expert cancer care she received close to home at RCC. With 24 grandchildren, their families and foster grandchildren who count on her, Wanda is not the only one who is grateful for her good health. Wanda beat a tough disease 4 years ago but returned recently with new symptoms.


  • “The fear of going through treatment petrifies a lot of people…"

    “The fear of going through treatment petrifies a lot of people…"

    James Roden is glad to be alive today after a very difficult diagnosis of advanced esophageal cancer. He is aware that the prognosis for patients with this type of cancer is not very good. “If I wouldn’t have had the chemo and radiation therapy at the cancer center before my surgery, it would have been a different story,” Roden says


  • With Love From the Entire Family of Valerie Bean

    With Love From the Entire Family of Valerie Bean

    RCC staff, doctors and nurses: There are truly no words that express how grateful we are for the work that you do. Over the past 10 years we have been blessed with your skill, kind words, positive attitude, and caring expertise.


  • Like most patients Trill Dreistadt was surprised by her cancer diagnosis.

    Like most patients Trill Dreistadt was surprised by her cancer diagnosis.

    Like most patients Trill Dreistadt was surprised by her cancer diagnosis. Trill’s family history, lifestyle and health status certainly did not lead logically to the path her breast cancer led her down. Her passion for running, competition and an active lifestyle left her wondering “how could cancer be in a body this strong?” After her family doctor found a lump during a routine annual exam, Trill focused her energies on staying strong and positive. Her philosophy for living life served her well during treatment.


  • “I was 35 years old when I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer”

    “I was 35 years old when I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer”

    “I was 35 years old when I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer,” says Angela Janosky. Now 38, in three short years Angela has also come to battle breast and cervical cancers and a second round, this time stage IV, of colorectal cancer. “I know I’m not the norm but cancer doesn’t know any gender, any age, any race…it just happens,” she says. Her relationship with her clinical team at RCC quickly became very important to her...


  • “By nature I go about looking for the best way to solve problems”

    “By nature I go about looking for the best way to solve problems”

    Doug Dunbar is a mechanical engineer. “By nature I go about looking for the best way to solve problems,” he says. “That’s why I sought out a second opinion.” Doug’s second opinion confirmed his choice of RCC for his cancer care. “This place is a well-oiled machine,” he explains, and since he accessed a variety of RCC’s services, the coordination was important to him.


  • We're both cancer survivors!

    We're both cancer survivors!

    Married 31 years, Rich and Jean Wise have each had the experience of being both cancer patient and caregiver at home. “Our marriage vows are, in sickness and in health, so we were there for each other, through it all,” says Jean. Reflecting on a marriage made stronger through experience with cancer they agree, “We just appreciate the little things we do for each other.” The positive outcome Rich had from his prostate cancer treatment gave Jean optimism when she was first diagnosed with anal cancer and facing treatment.


  • At 32, Jim Roddy set out to “Act like a surgeon -- don’t freak out, put together a plan.”

    At 32, Jim Roddy set out to “Act like a surgeon -- don’t freak out, put together a plan.”

    At age 32, Jim Roddy was not only promoted to Operations Manager of Jameson Publishing, he was also diagnosed with colon cancer. He says, “It’s important to not jump at the first treatment or alternative available to you. Research, find the care that is best for you, not just the fastest care.”


  • Faith and hope get me through the day.

    Faith and hope get me through the day.

    After receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer in March 2012, RCC’s Dr. Andrew Figura told Robert Noonan “We’ll take care of you, everything will be ok.” With his wife and daughters calling the shots, Robert began his 44 radiation therapy treatments, driving in from Union City each day. “Regional Cancer Center has given me life, it means everything to me.


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