Lymphoma survivor finds quality care close to home

Jerry Fogel

For retired actor and longtime Kansas City transplant Jerry Fogel, there was no script for dealing with his cancer diagnosis. Fogel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2008 after a persistent cough wouldn’t go away.

He was referred to The University of Kansas Cancer Center – South and met with oncologist Mark Davidner, MD. Today, Fogel continues to receive follow-up care from Dr. Davidner, who cheers him on in his remission.

Fogel, who says his first career was in the military, may best be remembered for his role as Jerry Buell on the 1960s television sitcom The Mothers-in-Law, directed by Desi Arnaz. His handsome good looks and talent also earned the actor roles in movies like Tora! Tora! Tora! and other television classics in the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, the Leawood, Kansas, resident thinks back to how a short stint at one of Kansas City’s dinner theaters decades ago must have been fate – because he would benefit from advanced healthcare available right here.

The University of Kansas Hospital and Cancer Center is responsible for keeping me around,” Fogel said of his experience as a patient. In addition to his lymphoma treatment at the cancer center, he received open heart surgery in 2010 at the hospital’s Center for Advanced Heart Care.

After his cancer diagnosis, Fogel underwent a rigorous chemotherapy regimen for two years. Today, he receives chemotherapy every three months to keep his lymphoma at bay. Yet he never dreads his visits with the care team at The University of Kansas Hospital – South.

“The nurses are the most painless nurses in the history of mankind,” Fogel said. “And Dr. Davidner is someone I liked and respected instantly. He’s professional, knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. How could you ask for more?”

As fate would have it, the handsome actor has never lost his hair from chemotherapy a treatment – which makes his regular trips to the cancer center even better. In fact, Fogel refers to his checkups as something he looks forward to.

 


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