Franjo’s Story: Cancer patient is grateful for a few more years

FranjoFranjo Tomic, 64, of Landen, has had a tough battle after being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer two years ago. Franjo has undergone chemotherapy and says the outcome is as good as he could hope for, suffering from the vicious type of cancer that claims 95 percent of its victims.

“It’s been two years and they are hopeful that the progression of the cancer has been stopped,” Franjo says. “They will soon decide if they are able to operate to remove the tumor.”

Franjo has been through two rounds of chemotherapy as well as radiation. As challenging as the disease is, the Bosnian immigrant said the staff at West Chester Hospital has made treatment tolerable.

“My English doesn’t let me say how nice they are,” Franjo says. “They are so great and do the best they can.”

“Advances over the last several years in the way chemotherapy is administered have improved the life expectancy and survival rate of lung cancer patients,” said Prasad Kudalkar, MD, a medical oncologist at West Chester Hospital.

Franjo has benefited from the multidisciplinary care approach and advanced medical imaging technology at West Chester Hospital. The care he has received has helped him beat the odds and maintain a quality of life. Franjo says he and his family are truly grateful.

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