Breathing is integral to life. If you can’t breathe well, you don’t feel well, and you don’t have the energy to work, play or spend quality time with the people you love. Being able to help alleviate respiratory issues allows me to focus on improving patients’ quality of life, which is very meaningful for me. I see each interaction as an opportunity to listen and help patients in whatever way I can, even if it’s something as simple as refilling a medication. Being able to make those little differences during every visit is my goal.
When I was a kid, my aunt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With the best of intentions, my family tried to shelter me from what was happening. However, their efforts had an unintended consequence; my aunt’s health situation became a mystery that inspired my initial interest in oncology. Because of this experience, I believe in having honest discussions with patients and their families, regardless of the content. The more information people have — when they are ready to hear it — the more empowered they are to make their own decisions.
Cancer-related pulmonary complications
I am a registered nurse practitioner who specializes in treating pulmonary complications — problems affecting the respiratory tract — that are related to cancer diagnosis and treatment. My background includes working in thoracic oncology and caring for patients with cancers affecting the head and neck. In addition to providing hands-on care, I am also active in research, studying the effect of stem cell transplantation on patients’ lung function.
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