Susan's Cancer Story
Early cancer diagnosis, clinical trial benefit active retiree
Prompt care and close partnerships with her doctors paid off for a retired eastern Kentucky nurse and healthcare leader.
When Susan began feeling a new breathlessness while exercising, she had a nagging feeling something was wrong and went to see her primary care physician in her hometown.
“I knew that women have a tendency to ignore their signs and symptoms, and they have a tendency to not make themselves a priority,” she said.
Tests showed lung cancer, shocking Susan and everyone who knew her. She had smoked in her youth, but quit 30 years ago, and exercises regularly and eats a healthy diet.
“I exercised on a routine basis. I tried to eat right and reduce any type of risk factors involved with cancer,” she said. “Having a healthcare background doesn't make it any easier when you have the diagnosis of cancer, especially when you first face it.”
After the diagnosis, her doctor referred her to Baptist Health Cancer Care so she could receive treatment in nearby Richmond. The early diagnosis qualified her for a clinical trial with Lexington lung cancer specialist Firas Badin, MD.
“I didn’t know Baptist Health had that component of clinical research, but was surprised and excited to be part of that,” she said. “If what I do can help other people, then that’s wonderful.”
Today, Susan’s scans show she is cancer-free.
“I’m healthy and do everything I want to do,” she said. “It’s a blessing to be able to have such a great story to tell.”