I was working in thoracic surgery as a nurse practitioner, and about half of our patients were oncology patients, so I was beginning to get more exposure to this area of medicine when my mom found out she had metastatic pancreatic cancer. I went to all her appointments with her and was very involved with her care, including as a primary caregiver along with my dad. Being on the other side of patient care was very eye-opening for me. It gave me a real understanding of what patients are going through. It gave me more empathy and helped me be a better nurse practitioner. It was obviously a very unfortunate thing in my life, but it has really guided my career.
I like helping patients learn about their risks so they can make better and more informed decisions about their health.
I hope patients get the sense that I care about them and that I understand what they are going through. I want to be there for them and to help guide them. I want them to see me as somebody who can advocate for them. Any time we talk about cancer, I think patients automatically feel nervous. I want to be calming for them and to explain things and help them understand.
Area of Clinical Practice
High-risk screening, genetics
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
I am part of the Fred Hutch High Risk Cancer Surveillance Clinic, where we offer a personalized approach to managing cancer risk. I see patients who are at high risk for certain cancers. We also do genetic testing to help understand their risk even more, and then we help patients get the ongoing surveillance they need, including imaging and lab tests, to prevent and catch cancers as early as possible.
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