As a nurse, Kim Waggoner is in tune to other people's healthcare needs. Early in 2010, Kim became concerned with her personal health issue when she began experiencing unusual swelling in her lymph nodes. Kim visited with her OB/GYN Dr. Caitlyn Ryser who began observing Kim's symptoms. As the swelling persisted and she developed additional swelling and breathing issues, Kim visited Dr. Sharon Rooney-Gandy who performed a groin biopsy. Following a second opinion at IU Medical Center, Kim was diagnosed at both facilities as having stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. The disease is non-curable while highly treatable.
"I had heard wonderful things about Dr. Goksel, about his medical expertise in the field of cancer care. I also went to the big city hospital for an assessment. The experience was like comparing night and day. I chose Dr. Goksel as he takes time and carefully answered my list of questions. I felt comfortable with him and the staff at the KCH Cancer Care Center being so close to home," she said.
Kim was treated at the Center in 2010 and is currently on a maintenance treatment schedule. Kim wants to encourage women to listen to their bodies and not wait to see a doctor when sensing something isn't right.
Shirlee Clevenger's fight with breast cancer is an unusual one. Shirlee self discovered a lump in her left breast in March, 2010. A team of physicians at KCH swiftly biopsied the tissue and within the week, Dr. Sharon Rooney-Gandy diagnosed the breast cancer. The following week, Dr. Rooney located another type of cancer tissue in Shirlee's right breast, discovered through a mammography and biopsy. The second cancer type was determined to be more aggressive than the first.
"There isn't a need for cancer patients to go elsewhere. It's all here in Warsaw. Dr. Goksel, Dr. Bajpai and Luann Deafenbaugh collectively monitored and delivered my
treatment plan at the KCH Cancer Care Center. I hold great confidence in Dr. Goksel as he is a gentle, compassionate and brilliant oncologist. We are fortunate to have his level of expertise locally. My physicians in Indianapolis equally trusted Dr. Goksel. The 1520 Provident Drive | Warsaw, IN 46580 | 574.372.3800 | www.kch.com
collaboration at the Center allowed me to receive treatment locally and continue with my daily teaching profession," Shirlee said.
She encourages women to practice regular self breast examinations and have regular mammograms.