Jim’s Story

Patient Thrives in Community Setting for Cancer Care

Jim Hlavin was delighted to receive all of his cancer care at UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center – just 20 minutes from his home in Novelty, Ohio. This community setting for cancer care provides patients with state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostics to infusion therapy, radiation therapy, screenings and nutritional support.

The retired Naval officer and salesman for the branded foods industry hasn’t slowed down. He still works part-time delivering high-end luxury cars to customers. The welcoming, positive staff kept Hlavin upbeat through 44 days of radiation treatment from prostate cancer, providing headphones so he could listen to his favorite Big Band music to pass the time during radiation therapy.

Hlavin’s confidence in University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center’s oncology staff began when he and his wife met with radiation oncologist Rod Ellis, MD. Dr. Ellis spent an hour explaining the entire radiation process and the expectation of success using Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) to eliminate Hlavin’s cancer.

“I left that meeting filled with relief and confidence that I was in the right place to help me,” Hlavin said.

Hlavin also saw Judah Friedman, MD, Medical Director of Medical Oncology at UH Geauga Medical Center, who enrolled him in a clinical trial for a study drug (TAK 700) and for anti-androgen therapy. Nurse Manager Amanda Musial, RN, who was working as a clinical trials nurse when Hlavin was diagnosed, followed him through every radiation treatment and follow-up visit, tracking his progress. By coordinating all of Hlavin’s care, she felt like “his own personal nurse.”

“Jim received everything we offer,” said Musial. “And it seems no matter who he interacts with, he knows the staff.”

Hlavin is pleased to report that his PSA score dropped from 9 to 0.1 after treatment. He’s returned to exercising with the Silver Sneakers and enjoying life with his wife of 54 years, Mary. Hlavin proclaimed that he’s also proud to be the father of six children whom he notes have “high integrity.” It is a quality he values deeply in people – and the reason he feels so strongly about his care at UH Geauga Medical Center.

“I trust their judgment, and they’re as good as you get it in life,” said Hlavin. “I feel very, very fortunate.”

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