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Della - Treatment Even Better Close to Home
In the seven years since beginning work at the California Cancer Registry, Della has tracked the rates of cancer diagnoses throughout the state – but the idea of having cancer herself was very much removed. It never crossed her mind that the reoccurring cough and cold she had could be more than pneumonia, but a trip to her doctor and a CT Scan revealed that she had a large mass in her chest.
“You never really think it could happen to you,” says Della. “I am now in my own database.”
In July of 2007, Della was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. After an unsuccessful first round of treatment, she was referred to a Bay Area university hospital in February of 2008 by her primary oncologist. After hearing that the treatment schedule would required her to live away from her family of two small children for a minimum of two months, Della, a single mother, sought a second opinion locally with Michael Carroll, M.D., medical director of Sutter Cancer Center’s Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Hematological Malignancies Program.
“After meeting Dr. Carroll and learning about Sutter’s program, I believed that I would receive the same level of care at Sutter, while still being close to my family,” says Della. “I also knew that at Sutter I would have the same physician throughout treatment – that really gave me peace of mind.”
Della entered the Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Program at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and began a rigorous treatment of chemotherapy and peripheral blood stem cell transplant.
“Dr. Carroll and his team did everything they could to prepare me for treatment and side effects,” says Della. “I really got to know all the team members who were involved in my treatment; they were always so positive and encouraging.”
Although still on the road to recovery, Della is looking forward to going back to work and participating in outdoor summer activities with her children.
Read more about Sutter’s Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Program.
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