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Pam Olwine – Cancer Care Close to Home

She was exercising and felt some pain and pulling in her chest that just didn’t seem right. After visiting her physician, Pam Olwine was set up for a mammogram. Then she received the call that rocked her world. “Pam something doesn’t look quite right.” She was immediately scheduled for an ultrasound that determined Pam needed to see a surgeon.

Pam had her surgery at Upper Valley Medical Center and it went very well. “Dr. Lowry came out and gave my husband and son the thumbs up.” Following surgery, Pam was told she would need either chemotherapy or radiation follow-up. She visited Dr. Setzkorn and Sarah Jones who explained to her the MammoSite procedure. It enables a woman to have radiation for a very limited time and in a very specific area. It’s much less invasive and rather than many weeks of radiation, it is done in one week. Pam came to the Cancer Care Center where she had radiation twice a day for five consecutive days.

After the MammoSite catheter was removed, Pam prepared for chemotherapy at the Cancer Care Center. Even while receiving chemotherapy, Pam was relaxed because of the ‘family-like’ atmosphere at UVMC. “I’d be sitting there with maybe five or six other people. We’d chat about our family or how we were feeling.”

When it comes to cancer, Pam is very happy she chose her local medical center. “Everybody was so supportive. If I needed a hug, I got a hug. The teamwork is wonderful. They kept my doctor in the loop. It was absolutely wonderful and I mean the nurses and the doctors.” Pam found that at the Cancer Care Center at UVMC she was really cared for as a person, not a name on a piece of paper.

“There’s absolutely no need to go anywhere else.” Pam has told her friends who are facing cancer to go to UVMC for comparable, if not better, care as the larger, better known institutions. For the latest technology, competency of cancer combined with truly compassionate, sensitive care, people are noticing UVMC’s Cancer Care Center.