DeKalb Medical continues to be a leader in Atlanta in oncology research and treatment. Our physicians and staff deliver superior cancer care by taking care of our patients' physical and emotional concerns. Having specialists who are experts and work as a team is the very first step in taking our patients through treatment of the most frightening disease they will ever face.
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In March 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer - invasive stage 2 lobular cancer in my left breast and ductal carcinoma in situ in my right breast. Sadly, I broke the news to my then 9-year-old daughter and then to the rest of my family. I had my mammogram at DeKalb Medical, and I was referred by my primary physician to a surgeon at the hospital who did my biopsy. And there began my relationship with the services offered by the Cancer Center.
First I met my wonderful nurse navigator who guided us through the process of selecting doctors and relieved me of some of my initial fear. I started chemotherapy in April and joined the breast cancer support group at DeKalb Medical, where everyone had their own story but each person in their own gentle and generous way offered advice and told me everything would be okay. So as I suffered through nausea and hair loss and faced the prospect of bilateral modified mastectomies, I knew in the aftermath things would be okay.
As I recovered from surgery, my concerns for my daughter grew because she never expressed a lot of her feelings. When she met my doctors at the meeting where we established my treatment plan, her only question was whether I would lose my hair. She took great delight in helping me choose a wig when the time came, but she was seeing her mom who had been healthy and active feel sick most days and I knew it must be having an effect on her. She assured me that she felt confident in my treatment because she had in her words “met my doctors and knew she could trust them.”