Sandi's Story

Taking time through personalized care

Patient Success Story - SandiOf any resource, the one patients diagnosed with cancer most often need is time: to accept the diagnosis, to understand the journey ahead, to adjust to treatment and return to normal life.

Of all the aspects of cancer diagnosis and treatment, patient Sandi Szuch DeChant was most captivated by the respect the entire treatment team had for her time.

Sandi had surgery and chemotherapy in 2005 for breast cancer, after it was discovered by a routine mammogram. Trudi Brown, MD, performed her biopsy and later the lumpectomy. When Dr. Brown told Sandi her lump was cancerous, she encouraged her patient to return at a later date – with any family members she wanted – to discuss treatment options in more detail.

“She took the time and sat and talked with me,” says Sandi, who brought four family members and a friend along for support when she met with Dr. Brown the second time. “She knew it was important that they be there with me.”

Sandi’s grandchildren helped her remain focused on the future. Pathology reports showed that Sandi had a particularly fast-growing form of cancer and chemotherapy began. Her grandson added some levity to a somber situation by checking to see if her hair was growing back beneath her wig.

“The treatment and care I received was just wonderful,” said Sandi, who appreciated that UH Seidman Cancer Center was located just around the corner from her Concord Square condominium. “They would sit and talk with you if you had questions. They took time, and they were always positive.”

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