I Was Anxious to Be Tested For Lung Cancer
Terri was no stranger to health concerns. A breast cancer survivor and COPD patient, she’d had her share of medical burdens. So when her physician sent her to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center for a lung cancer screening test, she was understandably anxious.
Then Maureen Rosario, RN, BSN, OCN and nurse navigator met her in the lobby.
And, throughout the procedure, “she never left me for a minute,” Terri said.
It was a special experience for Maureen, too. As an oncology nurse, Maureen had seen the lung cancer diagnosis come too late for far too many patients. Her work as a member of the OhioHealth Lung Screening Task Force had helped in the development of this new screening plan. And Terri, who was Maureen’s first screening patient, represented a new hope for early diagnosis."If you have even a little worry in the back of your head, you should go get the test,” she said. “It’s so easy."
I Would Recommend This Cancer Screening to Anyone
The annual test, called a low dose computed tomography (CT) scan, is more sensitive at detecting lung cancer than a traditional chest X-ray. When found, tumors tend to be smaller and more likely to be treatable. In addition, the price of the test, which is available at three OhioHealth locations; Grant Medical Center, Riverside Methodist Hospital and Doctors Hospital, is affordable.
“I’m just so grateful OhioHealth had this test and that I could afford it,” said Terri. “If you have even a little worry in the back of your head, you should go get the test,” she said. “It’s so easy.”
When Maureen called Terri later that afternoon, it was with good news. The screening did not show lung cancer, although it coincidentally caught a potential blockage in a cardiac artery. As a result, Terri now knows to have that tested, as well.
My Nurse Navigator Made All the Difference
“It was a great experience,” Terri said, “and I attribute that mostly to Maureen. “I don’t know what I can say about her; she was the best; she was the greatest. I’ve had breast cancer before and I’ve gone through a lot of doctors and nurses and I think she’s the best I’ve ever met.”