Empowered to move forward
After meeting with the experts at HonorHealth Research and Innovation Institute, evaluating her options with her fiancé and talking with House, Susan decided to take the final spot in the clinical trial and begin treatment immediately.
Dr. Borazanci and his team walked her through the forms she needed to fill out to begin treatment and explained what would happen next.
‘There is a whole team of people behind you.’
Susan began her treatment program in late summer 2020.
“They call it the grand slam,” she explains, “because it has a more aggressive and holistic approach.”
She’s s receiving both chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Because the trial is through HonorHealth Research and Innovation Institute, Susan is able to get all of her care in one place instead of going to multiple facilities for various therapies and tests. Since she goes to treatment three times a week, she’s grateful for the convenience, especially during a time when she isn’t feeling her best.
“At HonorHealth Research and Innovation Institute, all treatment and care is provided by HonorHealth oncology nurses and staff,” she explains. “There is a whole team of people behind you.”
Ready to fight
Susan is a busy professional with a leadership role at her company. Since her diagnosis, she has transitioned to part time so she can focus on the business of healing.
So far, she’s showing promising results with the clinical trial, and House continues to be by her side to help her navigate her treatment and offer encouragement.
“I hope my patients understand that science is working at a fast pace to fight their cancer, to turn their boat upright,” she says. “I want them to be embraced by this knowledge, by this philanthropy and to remain hopeful.”
Despite the challenges ahead as she fights pancreatic cancer, Susan is still able to find the positive side of the situation and is grateful to have found HonorHealth Research and Innovation Institute.
“I can’t believe my good fortune,” she says.
*The patient’s name has been changed to protect her privacy.