A Team Approach to Treating Endometrial Cancer

Diagnosed with an advanced cancer of the lining of her uterus, Vicky turned to the experienced gynecologic oncology team at Jefferson.

Vicky-I-Can-statement-584x3Vicky had it all. She is accustomed to doing it all, too.

A wife and mother of three, Vicky and her husband run their own business. Vicky also volunteers for South Jersey Hope, and, as if that wasn’t enough, she’s a fitness instructor.

So when the Marlton, N.J., resident developed symptoms that at first suggested she was entering menopause, Vicky worked that into her active life.

Although the problems persisted, Vicky kept up her busy schedule and even made time for family vacations. It was during one of those trips, on a plane back from Punto Cana in the Dominican Republic, that it became clear something much more serious was happening when Vicky began to bleed profusely.

At the urging of her primary care doctor, Vicky underwent an ultrasound.

“The radiologist would not rule out neoplasm,” she recalls her doctor telling her. Further testing revealed Vicky had endometrial cancer – a malignancy in the lining of the uterus.

She immediately began looking for a treatment team, and the same names kept coming up: Dr. Norman Rosenblum of Jefferson University Hospitals and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.

“I was diagnosed on a Friday; the next Wednesday, I was in Dr. Rosenblum’s office,” Vicky says. “And that is where my journey started at Jefferson.”

She says she felt an immediate connection with Dr. Rosenblum and liked that Jefferson had an experienced team of gynecologic oncology specialists to track every aspect of the process before, during and after treatment.

“The team approach made sense to me,” Vicky says. “It made sense to me that I had one doctor with a team behind him … that every Monday, they were meeting to see where my treatment was heading. To see what was going on in my life. To talk about me. Cancer is so overwhelming and there are so many facets to it, but I felt that I was under this protective umbrella.”

As an adult dealing with cancer, Vicky says, “You just keep going.”

But she had her kids to consider. Her oldest was a high school senior when Vicky was diagnosed in August, before the start of the new school year.

“I didn’t want to do anything to take away from her senior year.”

Nor did she want her treatment, or the seriousness of her condition, to become the sole focus of the family. She liked that her family was important to her care team, too.

Two weeks after her first appointment with Dr. Rosenblum – time to get all the needed preoperative testing and prepare herself and her family for her cancer treatment – she was back for her surgery.

After surgery, Vicky underwent six rounds of chemotherapy, then seven weeks of radiation therapy.

Vicky continued to exercise regularly as much as her treatments allowed. And to help her with the effects of the chemo and radiation, Vicky consulted with the specialists at the Integrative Cancer Care Program of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine.

When first diagnosed, Vicky asked around for a doctor and a hospital that, like her, could do it all. That’s what she found at Jefferson.

“My surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, even the nurses and the people who scheduled my tests – the way they worked together was seamless. From providing me with the latest treatments and much-needed emotional support, to arranging for every step of my treatment to occur in one location, they knew exactly what to do. And thanks to them, I’m back to doing it all, too.”

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