When June Galland of St. Simons Island had her annual mammogram in January
2013, it showed a suspicious lump deep within one of her breasts. A needle
biopsy was performed by Stephen Barrett, M.D., board-certified general
surgeon, Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Glynn General & Vascular
Surgery, a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System, revealed
that she had stage 2 breast cancer.
Along with her husband John and daughter Katie, a registered nurse in the
Health System’s Emergency Care Center, Galland said that Donna Smith,
RN, CBPN-IC, nurse navigator at the Breast Care Center, provided tremendous
support during the early days of her diagnosis. “Donna was wonderful,
I was so frightened during the procedures, but she was there with me,
holding my hand and helping me through it,” she said.
Her lumpectomy was followed by eight courses of chemotherapy over a period
of six months under the medical direction of Antonio Moran Jr., M.D.,
board-certified medical oncologist, Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Hematology
& Oncology, a strategic affiliate of the Health System. “Dr.
Moran was just fabulous. During my first appointment, he spent a long
time talking with me and learning about my family history of breast cancer
before making his recommendation for my treatment,” she said. June
also commended the team at the Health System’s Cancer Care Center
in Brunswick. “All the doctors and nurses are so wonderful, but
especially the nurses in the infusion center. They are so kind and caring.”
Galland completed four weeks of radiation therapy at the Cancer Care Center
under the medical direction of Timothy Jamieson, M.D., Ph.D., board-certified
radiation oncologist and medical director of the Cancer Care Centers.
“I have friends that have traveled to Jacksonville for cancer treatment,
but that is a very long ride when you have just finished cancer treatment.
I was very comfortable with the doctors here and confident that I was
receiving great care. I am thankful I was able to receive my chemotherapy
and radiation therapy treatments so close to home.”