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Watch “I’ve always been a fighter, and with Penn by my side I overcame the biggest obstacle in my life.”Just two months before her wedding, Arianne was diagnosed with stage 3 Liposarcoma - a rare type of cancer that begins in the fat cells, most often in the muscles of the limbs or in the abdomen.Arianne wanted to fight as hard as she could, like her brother before had before when he was diagnosed with cancer. Arianne wasn’t going to let cancer beat her.“When my life depended on it, I chose Penn Medicine,” says Arianne.At Penn Medicine, she met with a team devoted to treating sarcomas, led by Kristy Weber, MD, chief of Orthopaedic Oncology. Just weeks into her treatment Arianne was able to enjoy her huge wedding celebration and even go on her honeymoon.When it was time for Arianne to begin radiation treatments she worked with Dr. William Levin, who recommended proton therapy at Penn Medicine’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center. Midway through radiation treatment, Arianne felt so good, so strong, she started training for American Ninja Warrior, the country’s toughest obstacle course competition. Thanks to the minimal invasiveness of proton therapy, she felt great and her leg felt strong.After five weeks of proton therapy, Arianne underwent limb sparing surgery with Dr. Weber and then finished her treatment with additional chemotherapy under the care of Arthur Staddon, MD, Director of the Bone or Soft Tissue Sarcoma Program at Penn.Today, Arianne is cancer free and stronger than ever. Arianne credits her amazing team at Penn Medicine and the incredible care she received from the Penn sarcoma program for her success.For more information on Proton Therapy at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, Penn Medicine’s Sarcoma program or for more inspirational patient stories please visit www.pennmedicine.org/cancer.If you have additional questions please call 215-316-5006, where you can speak directly with one of our proton therapy representatives.