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Clinical Trials Cancer Patient Cathy Becker Testimonial

When Cathy Becker came to the Western Maryland Health System for treatment of her breast cancer, she never dreamed she would be given an opportunity to participate in a clinical trial here at the Schwab Family Cancer Center.  Sophisticated clinical trials are often thought to be available only in large, metropolitan cancer centers, but many opportunities are available here at WMHS.
Before starting treatment, Mickie Seletyn, RN, BSN, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse/Study Coordinator, consulted with her about a trial that she qualified for, and it has proven to be a great benefit.

"They were very supportive of me to get on this trial.  After I talked to Mickie, Dr. Mavromatis, my medical oncologist, talked me through it and assured me it was a great idea,” said Mrs. Becker.

"I can’t say enough good things about everyone here, from Medical Oncology to Radiation Oncology, and of course Mammography and Kathy McKinney, CRNP, my primary care provider who detected the mass and quickly took action.”

Cathy is relieved to have such state-of-the-art care here in Cumberland, Maryland. The technology of a big city hospital is met with the caring touch of individuals who have a true passion for what they do.

"I love it here. I praise this place whenever I can.  Everyone truly cares for you here and the volunteers couldn’t be any better,” she said.

As she continues to receive treatment at the Schwab Family Cancer Center, she is thankful for the opportunities she has been given to receive top notch care and participate in a clinical trial.

Cathy is overcome by the care she has received and enjoys spreading the word of everything available at WMHS for cancer treatment. With a positive attitude, the support of family, the clinical skills of the providers, and the caring touch of everyone in between, she sums up her care by simply saying, "This is great.”

Cathy Becker
Cumberland, Maryland

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