Early in my career, I was a nurse on an inpatient unit that provided care for people with a variety of conditions. I got to know some of the patients with cancer quite well, and I realized that what fueled me as a provider was the chance to form deep, long-lasting connections with the people I care for. I get to see photos of newborn grandchildren and hear stories about the weddings and graduations my patients are able to attend, despite their diagnoses. It’s really meaningful to know that I can play a part in helping them reach a goal or experience an important milestone in their lives.
I want you to have all the information you need to make a decision about your care that’s right for you. During our discussions, I put the medical jargon into a comprehensible package so that you can understand what the options are and the reasoning behind them. A vital part of my role is also listening, because my concerns may not necessarily be your top concerns. Most of all, I want to help you live a full, happy life during treatment and beyond.
Kidney cancer and melanoma
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) who specializes in kidney cancer and melanoma. Recent developments in immunotherapies (treatments that harness the immune system) for these cancers are allowing patients to live longer, fuller lives, which is thrilling to witness. My background includes a doctorate in nursing practice and experience in hematology. I have been caring for patients at Fred Hutch since 2015. My role as an ARNP is to coordinate your care, manage symptoms and side effects, and support you and your loved ones throughout treatment.
University of Portland
University of Washington School of Nursing
We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
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