THE EYES OF EXPERIENCE
I went for a routine mammogram at the Women's Imaging Center at South Seminole Hospital,
and received a very unexpected phone call later that day. It was Dr. Silberbusch,
Chief Diagnostic Radiologist. He had seen something so small that anyone else may
have missed it, and he wasn't taking any chances. He wasted no time getting me back
in for additional pictures and a biopsy. I soon learned that I had breast cancer—it
blew my mind. As an ultrasound tech who sees cancer patients every day, I couldn't
believe it was now knocking on my door. I next saw Dr. Wiese, a brilliant surgeon,
who said that with such an early diagnosis he was confident a simple lumpectomy
could be performed.
A POWERFUL TEAM
Three days after the lumpectomy, I was back to work, but that wasn't the end of
my treatment. Dr. Silberbusch referred me to the Chief Oncologist and Breast Cancer
Specialist at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, Dr. Shah. He said she would design
just the right radiation therapies to treat any remaining cancer cells.
The next thing you know I've got a whole team of incredibly skilled people at my
side—doctors, nurses, and radiation therapists. They were really there for
me, in every possible way. Not just to administer the treatments, but also to give
me the strength and encouragement I needed at this difficult time.
FRIENDS FOR LIFE
The care and support I received meant a lot to me, more than they knew. My husband
was overseas in Afghanistan, and my folks were too sick themselves to be there for
me. My dynamic duo, Dr. Silberbusch and Dr. Wiese, not only saved my life, they,
and the staff at Orlando Health enriched it just knowing how much love and caring
there really was in the world.
YOU CAN'T BEAT A DIGITAL MAMMOGRAM
What I, Dr. Silberbusch, saw when I looked at Omaira's pictures was so small I doubt
a traditional mammogram would even have found it. In fact, it was so small I even
questioned the CAD, so I asked for additional photos. There it was, in the same
spot again. I scheduled a biopsy right away.
I also believe in wasting no time contacting our patients and treating them as quickly
as possible. That phone call when we see something wrong can be very traumatic.
The sooner we can get them a real answer and explain a plan of action the better
it makes them feel. It's also the best thing for the outcome. Early detection can
make all the difference.
THE SUM IS GREATER THAN THE STRONGEST PART
That's when I involved Dr. Wiese. He's a very dedicated, talented, and extremely
detailed surgeon at South Seminole Hospital. We're lucky to have him here. We're
equally lucky to have access to a "best-in-class" hospital system, Orlando Health,
which enables all these specialists to work together. It's a multi-disciplinary
approach to treatment, and there's no better way to practice medicine.
Dr. Wiese recommended the lumpectomy, and said, "just to be on the safe side we
want you to follow up with a short series of radiation treatments." And that's where
Dr. Shah, from MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando came in. It was quite a team.
THERE'S STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Omaira's a very strong woman. So when I learned that her husband would be overseas
in Afghanistan during this period of time, and her parents were not well enough
to assist her, I said, "This has got to be exhausting, and a little frightening
to be going through alone." She assured me that she'd made so many good friends
here, and had lots of support, from the nurses, the other doctors, and especially
from me. She thanked me again and again, which was really touching. Here she was
the one in distress, yet she was comforting me. That's when you know all your efforts
are appreciated, and what makes my job so rewarding: people like Omaira. She's a
truly remarkable woman.
Dr. Silberbusch, Chief of Radiology at South Seminole Hospital, Women’s Imaging
Center. Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology.
Dr. Wiese, General Surgeon at South Seminole Hospital. Board Certified by The American
Board of Surgery.