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Cancer Patient Testimonials

A different kind of breast cancer experience

Amber had already battled breast cancer once-and won. Then, in the summer of 2014, her cancer returned. But this time, it was stage four and metastatic.

Amber remembers feeling like there wasn't a lot of hope. But the team at Kettering Cancer Care quickly helped her focus on the positive. Amber especially appreciated her radiation oncologist, Douglas Einstein, MD, who was meticulous about her care, and "incredibly patient" while he answered her questions.

Breast cancer therapy had come a long way since Amber's first diagnosis. This time, for example, she was able to take a chemotherapy pill instead of having intravenous infusions-which meant effective treatment without the hair loss.

Today, Amber reminds people that stage four breast cancer is not a death sentence. In fact, in a very short timeframe, she was declared cancer free.

Giving back after a devastating diagnosis

For Criswell, a new door opened at the end of one of the darkest hallways of his life.

Criswell is an architectural consultant and public speaker who relies on his voice for his livelihood. While on a business trip to the Far East in 2013, he was finding it difficult to speak and swallow. A doctor in Singapore advised him to see a specialist, so upon returning to the Dayton area, Criswell made an appointment with Adan Fuentes, DO, an otolaryngologist at Southwest Ohio ENT Specialists.

Dr. Fuentes suspected tongue cancer right away, and Criswell remembers being incredibly shocked at the news. He went to Grandview Medical Center for a biopsy, and there he found members of the care team to be "amazing and so empathetic to me and my family." Criswell knew he was one of many patients, but somehow felt like the care team's most important.

The experience of personal care continued throughout Criswell's radiation and chemotherapy at Kettering Medical Center. Not long after his last treatment, Criswell was asked to join the patient advisory council, and he immediately said yes. He sees it as a way to give back to the health system that helped him regain his voice.