Dr. Gozia Battles Colon Cancer

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in SOGA News | 58 comments

Dr. Gozia Battles Colon Cancer

We regret to inform our SOGA patients and surrounding communities that Dr. Gozia has been recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she battles this all too common disease.

In the coming weeks and months we respectively ask our patients to understand the necessary schedule changes required to help us accomodate Dr. Gozia’s treatment and recovery. This will be a difficult time for SOGA both emotionally and operationally, but we are committed to providing the same best-in-class care as Dr. Gozia goes through the recovery process.

Statement From Dr. Gozia

Some of you may have been asked to reschedule your appointments and others may have noticed some of our quivering lips and sad eyes. Almost exactly 5 years after my last bout with cancer it seems like I will have the opportunity to walk that road again. On a routine colonoscopy, which I had put off like many patients, I had a small spot of cancer. I will be in the process of having this evaluated and hopefully treated over the next couple of weeks. We ask your patience, prayers and understanding as we make this journey. I would take this opportunity to remind everyone to get a colonoscopy done, sooner versus later. – Dr. Penny Gozia


  1. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Dr. Gozia! Prayers for your strength and courage, and peace with decisions that you have to make. May you have a quick and complete recovery.

  2. You’re strong and you can beat this Dr. Gozia! If Jackie can do it, SO CAN YOU!!! Praying for you daily, and keeping the faith that God will get you through this.

    Hang tough!

  3. Ladies – Cancer is such a difficult disease to struggle and cope with, however, leaning on God’s word and trusting in your faith is where you know you can always turn. I will keep Dr. Gozia in my prayers and wish her the best of luck. My mother was diagnosed with Colon Cancer 2 years ago (July 4th 2010), which was (at the time) set at a Stage 4. Her cancer spread from her colon to her liver and lungs. She dropped down to 93lbs and was hospitalized for 3 months. I definitely feel your pain and can sympathize with you. Today, only 2 years later, my mom will stand here to tell you that she is currently a healthy 143lbs and feels better than ever! She just saw the doctor last week at the Siteman Cancer Center and was able to ring the bell for no more chemo treatments!!! My heart is heavy for you all. May you keep your heads held high and your smiles plastered!! :)

  4. Thoughts and prayers.

  5. Dr. Gozia,

    It’s been a very long time since i have worked with you and seen you. But i do think of all the great times working with you and Dr. Hoffman in OB at Fayette County Hospital. I pray all goes well with your surgery and a quick recovery.

    Hugs to you and your family

  6. Dr. Gozia, I am so sorry to hear this news. Cancer has no bounderies, does it? But, I know how strong you are and that you have so much to fight for. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you fight this terrible disease. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Nancy knows where I am. :) Love and prayers…Judy

  7. Prayers are being sent your way during this trying time.

  8. Sending prayers and good wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

  9. Dr. Gozia- I will definitely keep you in my prayers and we will be looking forward to seeing you again in the Greenville surgery dept!

  10. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  11. Good luck with the treatments and fight with this impossible disease…know many prayers and thought are with you! As you know many people will want to help..please let them! I too will keep you in my prayers and if there is something I can do PLEASE no not hesitate to ask!!!! Friendship and Prayers…. Sharon Bickl

  12. Thoughts and prayers for you!

  13. Many prayers sent your way! Hope you have a quick recovery!

  14. Dr. Gozia,
    It was very hard for me to read this. You are such a part of my personal family as well as my work family. I will pray for a full recovery for you everyday until you get their. You have my families full support and prayers. Much love and prayers!

  15. I am so Sorry to Hear About this, You will be in My Prayers. And will Pray for a Well and speedy Recovery. It is so hard to understand why things like this Happen to such Wonderful and Kind People.

  16. Dr Gozia, you delivered myself, my sibling and all my cousins. You almost delivered my daughter but she was a little stubborn and came a little later. You are an asset to everyone and we deeply love you for everything you do! You are an amazing person and doctor. In the dictionary when you look up the word fighter, your name and picture should be listed! You are a fighter and so strong, you can beat this. You have to deliver my future children, no option to it!!!!! :)

  17. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish you a speedy recovery and want you to know how much I appreciate your exceptional care you have always given me. I look forward to seeing you smiling and healthy very soon, God Bless You Dr. Gozia.
    Sincerely and Lovingly
    Kim Warner

  18. We are sorry to hear this Penny. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. And as you know I, also, walked this road twice, so if I can help in any way please let me know. Kathy Doll

  19. You are in my prayers. You have always been a pillar of strength to me and for me. Now, I will return that strength and faith you gave to me, and lots of your patients. God bless you, have faith. Shannon

  20. I have include a website that I hope you will visit. There are other options out there besides the traditional methods. I know you are a doctor, but my husband was cured of stage 4 throat cancer using only diet, supplements, and prayer. You are what you eat!!!!! I would love to share with you what we did. My heart goes out to you! What we are doing with chemo and the like doesn’t work. You can rebuild your immune system with whole foods. God bless!!

    • June,

      My name is Heater Harring and my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer for the second time in August last year. He is a true believer in faith and what he puts in his mouth. If you would be so kind as to email me this website I would love to check it out. We have done numerous research on natral cures and supplements as well. My husband and I always say that it is what you put in your mouth that causes this terrible disease. Thank you so much! Heather Harring

      Dr. Gozia,

      You are in my prayers and thoughts. This is a terrible disease but with prayer and positive thoughts it can be over-come!!God Bless You and your family!!

    • Hi,
      My husband was diag. w/stage 3B colon cancer last jan 2012. Highly differentiated. Nothing thru colon wall, but 4 out of 24 lymph nodes were positive, although no enlarged lymph nodes were seen on the scan before surgery. We started Chemo – folfox Feb. 17. After 8 treatments he stopped the Oxaliplatin for fear of neuropathy – although he was having, from what I have read, very mild symptoms. He has continued with Xeloda, and will start his 12th and last treatment of Xeloda this Fri. he was originally given a 65-to almost 70% chance of surviving w/o Chemo and as told he could increase his survivability to 80-85% w/chemo. Since Dec. 2011, has has eaten nothing but whole foods (meat intake limited to chicken (mostly low fat) and fish). Practically no sugar except in his dark chocolate treats. He exercises 1-1 1/2 hours almost daily. Food, supplements and exercises are supposed to lower your chances of recurrance, so maybe we are cutting that remaining 15% chance in half? I hope so. Anyway, there is always room to learn more though. Can we communicate? About what you did and are still doing? I would love to hear from you.

  21. Praying for a quick plan for recovery and the team of physicians and nurses who will be treating you.

  22. Good luck Doc. I’m praying for your total recovery!

  23. thank you fo rletting us know- You brought both of my babies into this world and I am forever indebted to you for that- I wish you a speedy recovery and will keep you and your family in my prayers

  24. sending prayers for you – get well soon

  25. Dear Lord, please bless Dr. Gozia with good health; bless the doctors and nurses attending her and give her strength to win this battle. She has been such a blessing to so many mothers, babies & grandmothers!! God’s Blessings, Dr. Gozia.

  26. Thoughts are with you and your family through this journey once again! Dr. Gozia you fought the tough battle once you can do it again…just stay strong and know you are in the thoughts and prayers of many… we all love you!!

  27. I am devastated that this happened again to you. Your loving care for Tracy and me over the years was the best of the best, so we’ll wait patiently and prayerfully for you to get back on top! Prayers will be flowing from this family every day and please know how very much Tracy and I love you!

  28. My prayers will be with you Dr. Gozia. I feel it a great honor and privilege, to have had the opportunity to work with you and gain from the knowledge you taught as we worked. I will be praying for a quick and speedy recovery. God bless.

  29. DR Gozia my prayers are with you today and the days to come. You are on of the best and we are all lucky to have you in our lives .

  30. Wow, what an overwhelming show of support. Thank you all for your comments and ideas. We promise to keep everyone updated. Dr. Gozia beat cancer once and we have NO doubt she’ll do it again. She has amazing strength.

  31. You are in my prayers.

  32. I am so sorry to hear this. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. You are an amazing woman! You have been a part of my life for alot of years, helped me through alot of hard times. It is now time for me to help you, through prayer! God Bless you.

  33. i am heartsick over this latest news!! You delivered two of my precious grandchildren and provided my third with the care she needed – not to mention your caring and support when I lost my oldest child Dana. Thoughts and prayers are continuing for you and I know you will beat this!! I admire your strength! You have helped get me through devastating times and I want you to know I will be there for you – anytime. Stay strong, Love, Georgi

  34. praying for you

  35. Dr. Gozia, It’s so hard to understand why bad things happen to good people. I am sorry that you are having to go through this again. Stay strong and I will be praying for you.

  36. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  37. You and your family are in my prayers!!! Almost 1 year ago u delivered my beautiful baby boy!! We are walkn this road with u doc!!!!

  38. My prayers are with you. You beat the ugly monster once already and we will all help you beat it again! You are quite a lady!

  39. Dr. Gozia,
    Even though I have not been your pt. (I am Dr. DollPollard’s) I have heard really great things about you over the yrs from other people. May you be blessed with courage, strength, and love to battle this ugly disease again. May GOD be with you through out your ordeal. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

  40. Dr. Gozia,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Hope all goes well. Your such a great
    and caring person and Dr. You delivered all
    3 of my kiddos. Hard to believe, they are
    13, 9 and 7. Time flies.

    Take Care,

    Tammy Bumgardner & family

  41. Dr. Gozia you are in my prayers and deep in my heart. God Speed on a quick recovery and back to work.

  42. Darn cancer – so sorry you have to fight this battle again!!! Wishing you renewed strength and courage as you endure treatment and the days that follow. We will be praying for a speedy and complete recovery so you can get back to all those you need you!! Take care -

  43. Prayers and thoughts are with you. You have been such a blessing to many. God give you strength and courage. Pray for a complete recovery.

  44. This latest news has just made me heartsick. My prayers and thoughts are with you. You have been such a huge blessing to me and my family. I could not have asked for a better or a more caring doctor to deliver my children. You were a great support when I had my health scare not long ago. May God be with you to give you strength and courage.

  45. Dr. Gozia, prayers to you for a complete recovery. Prayers to all your friends and family too. Keep the faith, he listens all the time to us.

  46. Dr Gozia, I am so sorry to hear this. You and your family are in our prayers. Please let us know if there is anything you need! We love you!!!

  47. My thoughts and prayers are with you. What a wonderful support and friend you have been to me. I pray for God’s strength and healing for you.

  48. I was so sad to hear that you have to battle cancer again. I want you to know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  49. Remember this: when someone googles you, they will read about you and your accomplishments. They will understand what a wonderful, caring person you are. At the bottom will be a footnote: “Oh and she beat the crap out of cancer!”

    Cancer is not our life – it’s just a bump in the road.

    I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  50. Dear Penny,
    When you need a smile or pick me up please call us and Jamie and I will make your favorite cheesecake! We will happy to deliver as you have done for so many of us! Thoughts and prayers for you and our favorite lawyer.

    Leslie, Jamie, and Hollie

  51. Dr. Gozia,
    Our hearts are sad in hearing the news of another trial for you. Our family will keep you in our prayers for continued strength & for a complete return to total health, as it is with much gratitude that we are able to be called a family…of course because of God, but a great deal because of you! You were there for the greatest blessings of our lives! You are strong woman, a great physician, & a friend to us & soooo many! Hugs, David, Angie, Kyle & Abby…2 of your many children

  52. Dr Gozia I am writing this for my Mother Margaret Adermann I told her about your battle she was so upset for you . She said to tell you you are in her prayers and she is so happy you are her doctor and all the kindness you have shown to her .

  53. Praying for you. You are an inspiration to many people. May God Bless you.

  54. I don’t know you like so many of these posts do, but I will pray for you. I often try to pray for all those battling cancer and other diseases when I’m praying for my husband. Often feels so selfish to pray for him alone. I hope you are one of the lucky survivors, and to have to go through this twice is certainly what we fear most. My heart goes out to you, and if there is any strength in me left to pass your way . .. .here you go!

  55. Dr. Gozia
    My prayers are with you during this time.

  56. Thinking of you and continuing to pray for good health. I do believe I shall bring you another bar of Dark Chocolate as we all know it’s good for your health! Love ya.

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