Letter: In praise of Calaway-Young
I was among the sorority of pink beribboned breast cancer survivors in 2008. Surprise — now I am among the much smaller sorority of second-timers. Last June, a mass was discovered by MRI in the “healthy” breast. I had previously gone for treatment to three major institutions and consulted with four oncologists for PET scans, CAT scans and numerous hideous biopsies. Those were followed by 20 chemo sessions, a mastectomy, radiation for six weeks and a surgical reconstruction in 2008 in Dallas.
This time, I decided to come to the mountains to the new Calaway-Young Cancer Center at Valley View. In all the years of fear, pain and side-effects, I’ve never had the extraordinary treatment that I now receive from the world class team of oncological professionals and angel nurses at CYCC. They’ve hired the highest caliber of professionals and have state-of-the art equipment, all under the caring eye and frequent hugs of their executive director, Ann Wilcox.
Dr. Armando Armas, director of medical oncology, not only takes a personal interest in one’s case, he actually follows through with other departments when problems occur. Dr. Bruce Greene, medical director of radiation oncology, along with radiation oncologist, Dr. David Marcus, studied my medical history and knew more about my history than I did before meeting with me the first time.
Now I am in radiation. My arms ache held over my head. However Michelle, Karen, and Shelby put warm towels on them to relax me. They adjust the special mold that holds my body in place, while reassuring me, “you’re doing great.” No, I’m not comfortable, but I know I’m getting the finest care I’ve ever received. Moreover, the doctors are always available, out on the floor where patients are, asking how they’re doing.
You can’t do better than CCYC if you’re stricken with cancer. Cancer is horrible, no getting around it. But the team at Calaway-Young Cancer Center will take care of you and love you into health.
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