Jeff Wise

"Throughout my cancer treatment I’ve been able to enjoy a quality of life I never expected. This is a result of Dr. DeGreen’s expertise and the superb care I’m receiving from the entire team at Lancaster Cancer Center. I wasn't supposed to live three months and I have made it to 18 months. That is a testament to the care, support and compassion that I have continually received at the Lancaster Cancer Center."

Leslie Parson

"From the second you walk in the door at the Lancaster Cancer Center you become part of a something bigger than life. You become part of a family that welcomes you with open arms and holds you close when you feel like you cannot go on. When you are having the worst day of your life, somehow everyone here finds a way to brighten your day and give you hope for the future."

Elizabeth Smedley

"As a cancer survivor who is here today only because of the excellent care I received during two treatment periods, I was concerned that the story on the proposed new cancer center was slanted only toward Lancaster General Hospital and its plans for expansion into cancer treatment in the community. Lancaster General is a first-class hospital, but what Lancastrians must realize is that outstanding medical care can be given in other venues administered, I might add, by world recognized medical oncologists with a great deal of expertise at hand. Presently, we are blessed with an outstanding medical oncology center here in Lancaster County. Dr. Peter DeGreen has been treating cancer patients for over 30 years in our community. He is only too happy to refer to university centers, if needed (and did so with my second cancer diagnosis), and he consults with his contacts from around the United States. The Lancaster Cancer Center currently has five board-certified medical oncologists on staff, all of whom show a concern for the emotional, as well as medical, needs of their patients. For years, the Lancaster Cancer Center has had The Healing Journey, a non-profit that presents programs, both supportive and educational, for cancer survivors and their families that complements the meticulous medical care. The Center has many clinical trials available not seen elsewhere, even in Pennsylvania, such as the recently added lung cancer trial instituted by Dr. Tracy DeGreen. The navigators, lovely treatment areas and educational resources mentioned in the article are all superb ideas. Guess what, though, this is all available right now at The Lancaster Cancer Center in Greenfield Park. Thank you, staff of LCC, for giving me my life and my positive attitude."

James Schneider

"When you have people, like at LCC, they have a way of making the road less bumpy, we would be lost without them." "Just got results from my latest "pet" scan and MRI, and it was all good, now we watch this thing and hopefully take a long break from chemo, last time was five and half months, glad I have the Dr. I do, he has been there for me both as a Dr. and as a person, that is something that in these times is very hard to find..."

"Just got results from my latest "pet" scan and MRI, and it was all good, now we watch this thing and hopefully take a long break from chemo, last time was five and half months, glad I have the Dr. I do, he has been there for me both as a Dr. and as a person, that is something that in these times is very hard to find..."

"If you have to be in this situation LCC is the place to be for the caring and sharing and most of all the people. There are none better, we are all blessed to have these professionals in our lives."

"Being a patient at LCC, you are so right, everyone has got to be the best there is, it is a place of safe haven."

Shelley Stirling Axe

"Everyone at LCC makes their patients feel strong, courageous, & you make them feel able to move forward!! Those people love you all."

"Dr. Tracey DeGreen is a very good man! would not of made it this far with my boyfriend without him. He's a very compassionate person & cares about his patients very much. Could not ask for a better doctor. Thank you for being there for not only Jim but for me too. You're wonderful!!!!!! Five simple life lessons shared by my friend Jeff Wise: Free your heart from hatred - Forgive. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.. Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more. Expect less"

Krystal Saez Dougherty

"I'm not sure who reads this from your Center, but I want to express to all the nurses that came in contact with Dave Dougherty just how much our family has appreciated the time and care you gave to him. He talked about all his nurses often, and although we wish he would not have had to battle cancer, we are extremely..."

At picnic, cancer survivors cite faith, family

Jess Swinehart doesn't have to look far to find a reason for living.

On Saturday, her reason was right in front of her in the form of three growing boys, happily eating barbecue.

"My sons and my husband keep me going. I have to stay alive for them," said Swinehart, of Lancaster, who is battling several different kinds of cancer throughout her body.

Cancer survivors and their families gathered at the 11th Lancaster Cancer Center's family picnic under a pavilion at Greenfield Corporate Center.

"We're here to celebrate life and the lives of those that you love," said Dr. Peter DeGreen, a member of the physician team who treats many of the cancer survivors at the picnic.

"Cancer is a family disease," added DeGreen's wife, Charlotte. "Today is not only for patients but for their families as well."

Along with patients and their families were nurses, doctors and volunteers, all enjoying the clear September day. Children were running around, eating ice cream, getting their faces painted and hitting piƱatas.

Watching the fun was Dora McAlpin, a patient at the center for 24 years. Diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 55, McAlpin just celebrated 60 years of marriage to her husband, Bob, who was at the picnic with her.

"You have to have faith," said McAlpin, of Millersville. "When you get something like cancer, you either fall apart or you say 'Lord, it's in your hands.' "

She credits the center and her doctor with helping her make the best of the situation. "He [DeGreen] makes you feel like you're going to get through this."

"That and faith," McAlpin said. "You simply have to have something to hold onto."

McAlpin is enjoying retirement with her family, which includes two daughters, several grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mindy DeGreen, the doctor's daughter-in-law, said the center tries to involve families as much as possible and keep a "community atmosphere," one that "isn't hospitallike."

"It's homelike," DeGreen said of the center, where she is a patient advocate.

"Everyone understands what's happening, and we're there not only on a medical side but an emotional side as well."

DeGreen said this picnic was the biggest one the Cancer Center has hosted, with about 300 people attending.

"I know almost everyone here," said DeGreen, laughing. "That's the great thing about the center — you're not just a number."

The center tries to figure out the best way to help patients and families deal with cancer. "It's about family values," DeGreen said. "We're a lucky group. The people in the center are here because of their families and because they want to live."

Swinehart and her husband, John, were finishing up their watermelon, as their sons stood close by.

"I'm still here because the good Lord keeps you around for as long as you're supposed to be here. You just don't ever give up," Swinehart said, looking around at all the people struggling through life just like her.

"You put your best foot forward. Tomorrow is always another day."

Mandy Stoltzfus is a Sunday News staff writer. E-mail her at mstoltzfus@lnpnews.com.

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Sharon Landis

"When diagnosed with cancer 11 years ago, I felt like I met a friend for life. This great doctor helped me mentally and physically to beat this horrible disease. I pray that my cancer never returns, but if it does, I know without a doubt that this is the doctor I would want to treat me. His compassionate, caring personality can't be beat. He always encouraged me to believe I would be a survivor. God Bless Dr. DeGreen!"

Wonderful Experience

"I had the pleasure of being treated by HP DeGreen Senior with my first cancer, and now by his son, Dr. Tracy DeGreen. Although they are different in their approaches, I never thought I would know someone, let alone two, with this type of kindness. Dr. Tracy DeGreen asked my entire family (15 or more) to come in after hours and he spent about 3 hours with our family. He went over the illness I had, explained it to my grandchildren, and to this day, have never been treated better by another physician. His father is wonderful.It's easy to see why he is comfortable leaving his legacy in his son's hands."

Kind, Caring, and Respectful

"Dr. Degreen is a very busy man and there is a good reason for that. As the primary physician at the Lancaster Cancer Center, his reputation precedes him; most patients want to see a Degreen. This is not to say that the other doctors at the center are bad, just that Dr. Degreen is so good. He is kind, caring and talks to his patients with respect. He understands the difficult time his patients are going through and works to make them comfortable. Beyond that, he is a very knowledgeable doctor who is great at his field."

Karen Elizabeth King

“Everyone knows that the cancer journey is difficult for the patient, but often the caregiver gets lost in the shuffle.  Not so at the Lancaster Cancer Center.  Over the course of nine years and four separate cancer diagnoses my partner and I were treated with the upmost respect and sensitivity.

From the moment we met Dr. H. Peter DeGreen we knew we were dealing with someone special.  His attentiveness, tenacity and great good humor in the face of the often challenging realities of the nasty disease of cancer became the rock that we both relied upon.

The Healing Journey program became central to our lives; gentle yoga, laughter club and other activities kept us connected with others who ‘knew what it was like.’  The extraordinary staff and LCC made each visit, each procedure, each test that much more bearable.

Dr. DeGreen left no stone unturned when it came to treating my partner, and when Dr. Tracy DeGreen came on staff, he continued that amazing trait.  As a result my partner had both a quantity and quality of life that neither of us had expected.  There is no need to look any farther than Lancaster Cancer Center to get world class cancer treatment from world class doctors and their gifted and talented staff.”

Donald Holler

“I have found the Lancaster Cancer Center to be very caring and friendly. From the time I walk into the office, everyone throughout the staff is always helpful. No question is too much. Special commendations to Nurse Manager, Lori Gerhart and Dr. Lena Dumasia for their knowledge and care.”

Neal Steffy

“I have been a patient of Lancaster Cancer Center for over 16 years. The treatment and care I have received from the entire staff at LCC over the years has been exceptional. At LCC you aren’t a number, you’re part of a family. Thank you LCC!”

Ole Pertet

"I was referred to Dr. Tracy DeGreen after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and a brain tumor. I wanted to have a second opinion after my first oncologist told me the cancer had spread to my liver and bones. The news was devastating as you can imagine.

On my first appointment with Dr. Tracy, he advised me that if I was willing to work with him, we should start on a clean slate. I agreed and he ordered a CT, PetScan, MRI, and a full bone scan. It turned out that my liver and bones were clear; to me that was half the battle won.

We started a vigorous chemo treatment in the beginning of June of 2012, and as of February 2013, after a recent scan, the three tumors on my right lung are almost invisible.

Cancer is a terrible diagnosis. Having a doctor who cares, it makes the journey more tolerable.

In the beginning of my chemo treatment, I had some serious setbacks where I ended up in the hospital several times for weeks at a time. During my hospital stay, Drs. Kane and Dumasia were on call and were as caring and attentive as Dr. Tracy.

At the treatment center inside of LCC, the nurses are wonderful and make the entire experience easier to deal with. Often I hear that Lancaster County is known for organic products and my experience with Lancaster Cancer Center is that the nurses are hand-picked and one of a kind.

No one wants to learn that they have cancer, but if one of my loved ones received the diagnosis, I would refer them to LCC for their uncompromised care."

Pat Dietz

Chemotherapy infusions for cancer treatment can last anywhere from 10 minutes to seven or eight hours. Thanks to the generous support of a Lancaster resident who lost her husband to cancer, patients at Lancaster Cancer Center, 1858 Charter Lane, will have a more peaceful and enjoyable experience during their treatment.
Pat Dietz, Lancaster, is a cancer survivor herself and made the donation to thank the physicians and staff at Lancaster Cancer Center (LCC) for their exceptional treatment of her and her late husband, Charles Dietz.
The donation allowed LCC to purchase a blanket warming unit to keep the chill off those receiving chemotherapy as well as a new hutch for a snack station, snack tables for each of the infusion chairs, new pillows for patients to rest their heads and a fresh coat of paint for the room.
Both Mrs. Dietz and her husband were treated by Tracy DeGreen, DO, who is a second generation oncologist at LCC.
“Dr. DeGreen has always been there whenever we had a question or needed advice,” said Mrs. Dietz. “He always made himself available for us no matter what time of day. He never gave up on Charlie and his support meant the world to me.”
Mrs. Dietz has been cancer free for seven-years, although she continues to receive regular checkups and consultations from LCC.
“It is a privilege to care for patients here at Lancaster Cancer Center,” said Tracy DeGreen, DO. “We always treat our patients as part of our family.”
Both Mrs. Dietz and her late husband had to undergo chemotherapy treatments in the Infusion Room and she was consistently amazed by the care and compassion she was shown from every staff member and physician. For that reason, she decided to make a donation to help those who had done so much for her and her husband. She wanted to improve the area not only for the patients receiving treatment, but also to help the nursing staff, who go above and beyond during chemotherapy sessions.