Patient Experience

Helen Quinn

Breast Cancer Patient Testimonial

Helen Quinn, a 74 year-old St. Marys resident, wasn't too concerned when she found a lump in her breast in July 2012, because she previously had fibrocystic breasts, a common condition that produces benign lumps in many women. However, she went to her gynecologist anyway, and James Gowen, M.D., of Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Obstetrics & Gynecology, a strategic associate of Southeast Georgia Health System, immediately sent her in for a mammogram and breast ultrasound. Shortly after that, she had a breast biopsy, and it came back positive for cancer. "Everything happened so fast that I didn't really have time to get scared. But then, I have my faith and my family and friends to depend on," she says.

Helen had a right mastectomy at the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus, performed by Stephen Barrett, M.D., of Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Glynn General & Vascular Surgery, a strategic affiliate of the Health System. Afterward, she began six months of chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Care Center on the Health System's Camden Campus. This was followed by six weeks of radiation therapy at the Camden Campus.

Helen's treatments were overseen by Abraham Cheong, M.D., of Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Hematology & Oncology, and Timothy Jamieson, M.D., Ph.D., of Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Radiation Oncology. Both physicians maintain office hours at the Camden Campus.

"After talking with my physician, I felt very comfortable having my cancer treatments in St. Marys, and so did my family. It was much more convenient, she says. "Dr. Cheong was marvelous and so was Dr. Jamieson. The Cancer Care Center nurses Jennifer Clarke, R.N., and Allison Kelley, R.N., BSN, OCN, and Dr. Cheong's nurse Donna Mistisshen, LPN, were very helpful. The radiation therapists Brent Higgins and Jason Yates were great. Mary Parrot and Pam O'Connor in the front office were also very kind, supportive and compassionate."

Helen finished her treatments in April 2013, and other than feeling a little tired, says she's doing great. "I would not hesitate to recommend the Cancer Care Center and oncology physicians here in Camden to anyone who needs cancer treatment."