Editor’s note: The following story is a preview to the ‘Knowledge is Power: Breast Cancer Awareness in the Ohio Valley’ special section that can be found in the Friday, October 18 edition of The Gallipolis Daily Tribune, The Point Pleasant Register and The Daily Sentinel.
OHIO VALLEY — “In 2005, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” stated Terri Moore, RN. “Being diagnosed at Holzer was the best experience for one of the most devastating diagnosis I have ever faced.”
Dr. Alice Dachowski detected the cancer, and the team moved quickly to make sure Terri was taken care of.
“It was found on a routine mammogram, and I was immediately scheduled to come back in to remove and move forward,” said Terri. “I received radiation treatments at the Holzer Center for Cancer Care and was treated with such compassion and caring, it truly made a difference.”
Terri was able to receive treatments and attend appointments close to home, which kept the experience convenient and comfortable. Terri is also an employee of Holzer Health System.
“Even though I am an RN, I was treated like a patient. They provided information for me that I never would have known otherwise,” Terri said. “I was treated as a person, even though I am a medical professional.”
Terri remains active with the Cancer Center, as a resource individual for the Cancer Support Group and regularly attends and helps with the local Relay For Life. She and her husband, Ken, who is the executive director for the Holzer Center for Cancer Care, reside in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
“Cancer touches everyone,” stated Ken. “Terri and I were married following her battle, but it’s still a scary diagnosis for anyone to receive and survive from. But it’s doable. Early detection and educating our communities is essential to continue to increase the survivor numbers for any type of cancer.”
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About one in eight (12 percent) of women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013 approximately 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and about 39,620 women will die from breast cancer. However, early detection and treatment has steadily been decreasing these numbers. At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Holzer Center for Cancer Care is a recipient of Komen Columbus Grant Funding. Through these funds, approximately 250 women in the service area who qualify will be able to receive mammograms and breast exams. Basic requirements are age 64 and under, underinsured or uninsured. In addition, Holzer Center for Cancer Care is working collaboratively with the Together We Can program, an agency that will assist with biopsies and breast MRI for our service area.
The Holzer Center for Cancer Care is located at 170 Jackson Pike in Gallipolis and opened its doors for patients in March 2005. In addition to high tech radiation oncology services, the HCCC features medical oncology, including a chemotherapy suite that overlooks the Center’s Healing Garden that includes a walking labyrinth, reflecting pool and benches for resting and meditation, as well as an American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center.
For more information, please call (740) 446-5474 or toll-free at 1-800-821-3860.