Andrew B., Leominster, MA
my doctor discovered I had bilateral lung nodules and obstructive
airway disease, he referred me to a thoracic surgeon at my local
community hospital, HealthAlliance Hospital [a member of UMass Memorial
Health Care]. Because of my diagnosis, combined with my chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, the surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey
Graeber, did not think I was an ideal candidate for surgery. But after
much thought, together we decided to go ahead with a two-phase lung
surgery, first at UMass Memorial Medical Center and then back at
HealthAlliance, close to my home. My surgery was curative and I did not
require chemotherapy or radiation. It has made a huge difference in my
life. I take better care of myself and have returned to my normal
routine. And I continue to see physicians at HealthAlliance."
Beverly H., Auburn, MA
underwent surgery for stage 1B lung cancer at UMass Memorial and my
experience with the thoracic team was fantastic. My surgeon, Dr. Karl
Uy, was incredibly professional. I had complete confidence in him. My
medical team took excellent care of me, helping me overcome some
challenges. I knew I was being taken care of and would be returning home
cancer-free. As I continue my rehabilitation, I'm confident that my
surgeon, my nurse practitioner and other members of the team will be
there to support me. They're in this with me and won't give up on me."
Janice D., Worcester, MA
my primary care physician found a lung nodule, I went to UMass Memorial
to have it treated. My physician, Dr. Karl Uy, determined I had stage
1A non-small cell lung cancer and recommended surgery. He explained
everything and spent as much time with me as I needed. I felt like I was
his only concern right then and there, and that nothing else mattered.
Luckily, Dr. Uy was able to remove the whole tumor, essentially curing
me completely. I did not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation
therapy. I now receive CT scans and chest x-rays and am approaching my
two-year anniversary cancer-free. Overall, considering that I had lung
cancer, I had a very positive experience at UMass Memorial."
Ann C., Shrewsbury, MA
my time as a patient with cancer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, I've
never had a doubt that I was receiving the absolute best care possible.
Equally as important was the fact that I was treated with dignity and
respect by every surgeon, doctor, nurse and staff member I saw. They
made me feel like I was their only patient."