Grateful Lung Cancer Patient Shares News of Remission and Advice for Others
Pictured above: Wolfgang Geckeler with his wife and daughter (photographed prior to COVID-19).
Wolfgang Geckeler, 75, was recently given exciting news that he is in remission after receiving treatment for lung cancer at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township for more than a year.
The Galloway resident underwent radiation and chemotherapy under the care of Dr. Ana María López, Vice Chair of Medical Oncology and Chief of Cancer Services; Dr. Jay Steinberg, Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery; and Dr. Dane Cohen, Radiation Oncologist.
Much to his and his doctors’ surprise, Geckeler says he’s experienced virtually no side effects and feels great. Throughout his entire treatment journey — even when he had to go during the COVID-19 pandemic — Geckeler has not had a single complaint. “I would recommend Jefferson Health to anyone. It’s truly the best treatment I’ve had out of everywhere I’ve been.”
Geckeler initially visited Dr. Steinberg in search of a second opinion; he’s glad he did, as his “gut instinct” may have saved his life. “I saw a surgeon who wanted to operate on my lungs right away; Dr. Steinberg informed me that my condition was actually inoperable. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t been proactive.”
With his Cancer Center doctors, he could tell that they were not only skilled, but compassionate as well. “It’s not always that way. Some doctors view you as a number, but not here. They take their time with you. They want you to understand everything and be comfortable with your care.”
When asked what advice he would give to others who’ve been recently diagnosed, Geckeler said, “A positive mind is the most important thing. You have to look toward the future. You have to be on top of your treatment. You can’t just sit back and do nothing.”
A Vietnam veteran, Geckeler was proud to update his friends at his VFW and VVA (the Vietnam Veterans of America) posts that he was in remission; they gave him a standing ovation after hearing the good news.
“I’m glad this is over for now,” continued Geckeler. “If it had to happen, I’m glad for the team I had. From the nurses, to the receptionists and doctors — everyone was marvelous. Special thanks to my own nurse, Ms. Sue, who took care of me throughout this whole ordeal, administering the chemo infusions.”
Geckeler also noted that he watched the whole Cancer Center team continuously treat all their patients with the utmost respect.
“I can’t thank them enough for helping me down this road.”