Giving patients the attention they deserve

Hudson resident Kerri Nelson, 53, was diagnosed with breast cancer at River Falls Cancer Center in April 2012 following a mammogram, breast ultrasound and biopsy - all of which occurred on the same day to expedite results. She opted to have breast surgery at Piper Breast Center at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute - Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She also underwent radiation and chemotherapy.

"The Institute is recognized for exceptional cancer care. I went to the Piper Breast Center because I wanted the best," explained Nelson. "However, having the option for chemotherapy or radiation at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute in River Falls would have made life much simpler."

Nelson maintained her job as an audiologist throughout her treatment, which led to many hours in the car as she drove to and from work and medical appointments. Although it was difficult, she was pleased with her treatment experience.

"I can't say enough about the care I received through the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute. Although my treatment is now complete, it's wonderful that others will have access to this care closer to where they live," said Nelson. "The staff bends over backward to make you feel comfortable and give you the attention you deserve."

Nelson's breast cancer was curable thanks to a routine mammogram - a test that saves thousands of women's lives each year. The Institute strongly advocates that women talk with their doctor about annual mammogram screening.

Source: Healthy Communities Magazine, Fall 2013
Reviewed By: Amy Cernohous, RN
First Published: 08/07/2013
Last Reviewed: 08/07/2013

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Hudson resident Kerri Nelson was treated for breast cancer at Piper Breast Center. "I went there because I wanted the best," she said.