Patient Experiences

Liz Smedley (shown right)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.”

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.”

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!”

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.