Loma Linda, CA (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
Cancer patients who have complex medical issues are receiving better outcomes at Loma Linda University Cancer Center (LLUCC). The determination to offer the best care available and to continue to pursue research into cancer treatment was bolstered by a $3-million gift from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to support LLUCC.
Early this year, the Cancer Center received its third, yearly installment of $1-million of the $3-million gift from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The gift led to the creation of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Oncology Center and Biospecimen Laboratory within Loma Linda University Medical Center.
“The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ gift has enabled Loma Linda University Medical Center to proceed with plans to create a fully integrated and comprehensive cancer program in one physical space that benefits patients who rely on the Cancer Center for care,” says Judy Chatigny, RN, MSN, executive director of Loma Linda University Cancer Center. “We are grateful for this transformative gift.”
Highland resident, Dawn Scott, was a law student, event planner and new wife when she was referred to LLUCC after abnormal weight gain in her abdomen. She was later diagnosed with stage-four peritoneal carcinomatosis, cancer that has spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity and organs.
“Peritoneal carcinomatosis,” says Maheswari Senthil, MD, who performed the most major of Dawn’s surgeries, “is extremely challenging to treat. Dawn’s cancer was extensive, and surgery was scheduled to remove visible tumors and administer hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).
Dawn’s strong faith reassured her as she prepared for surgery and HIPEC treatment. She was also inspired by a quotation that had become her mantra while she was preparing for an important law school test: “Failure is not an option.”
Dr. Senthil skillfully removed the cancer and with it, affected tissue and organs. Dawn’s large and small intestines, gall bladder, spleen, her uterus, and parts of her liver, pancreas, diaphragm, and stomach were removed. As the surgical team performed the 26-hour surgery and HIPEC, Dr. Senthil recalled the words Dawn had shared with her before the surgery, “Failure is not an option.”
"I am grateful to Dr. Senthil for not giving up on me when she was confronted by the enormity of my cancer,” says Dawn, who is currently a full time student at California Southern Law School. “I'm not sure another surgeon would have taken on the challenge that my cancer presented. If it wasn't for her perseverance I probably wouldn't be here today—I am forever grateful for her tenacity."
Photo caption: After completing treatment for stage four abdominal cancer at Loma Linda University Cancer Center, Dawn Scott (pictured with her father, Bob Rosenbaum), is continuing her studies at California Southern Law School. Photo courtesy Robert Sirotnik