Green Bay (WFRV) When it comes to beating cancer- having a team of doctors on your side can make all the difference. One local hospital’s cancer clinic has specialists working together to provide team focused care.
When you are fighting cancer- you have many specialists to go to- with lots of different doctor appointments. The Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic at Aurora BayCare Medical Center uses the team approach where you can meet with all your doctors in one place at the same time.
Paula Lemke is 67 years young, “I feel great but I have, I’m not letting cancer get me down,” Paula Lemke, cancer survivor.
3 years ago Paula was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, “When I noticed it, it was because I was hemorrhaging,” explained Paula.
Dr. Peter Johnson is the director of gynecologic oncology. He was one of three specialists at Aurora BayCare Medical Center’s Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic who met with Paula to come up with her care plan.
” A hysterectomy with removal of the lymph nodes,” explained Dr. Peter Johnson, MD, FACS, gynecologic oncologist, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
Dr. Johnson performed the hysterectomy, “I was elated that I had beat,” said Paula.
Paula had her own expert cancer team that coordinated her care, “Three people all working together out of one clinic. Convenience for the patient, one visit, one setting,” explained Dr. Johnson.
And that can mean quicker care for the patient, “So rather than have the o.k. we’ll see medical oncology this week and radiation next week and then start chemo three weeks from now- they’re seeing all of us on a Thursday morning and the treatment moves forword quickly,” Dr. Johnson said proudly.
Right now the physicians have their own offices in different areas of the hospital. But a new center is being built, “We’ll have even more interaction,” said Dr. Johnson.
There was a five percent chance that Paula’s cancer would return- in December it did, “I just knew instantly I had cancer,” said Paula.
So Paula’s team quickly came together and formed another care plan, “We activated the entire team,” said Dr. Johnson.
The new plan was radiation and chemo- and her chances, “Excellent, excellent,” said Dr. Johnson.
The team approach gives Paula peace of mind, “You feel comfortable, you feel more relaxed,” said Paula.
Paula is now looking towards the future, “My approach to this cancer is I’m not going to let it beat me,” said Paula.
Because she has ‘her’ team behind her, “I would suggest anyone come here and meet my team of doctors,” said Paula.
The hospital has multidisciplinary cancer clinics available for breast, lung, gynecologic oncology, and colorectal cancers.