Kathy Fancher was very familiar with Adventist Midwest Health’s DuPage Imaging Center in Hinsdale. Not only did she get her annual mammograms there for the past 10 years, but it’s also where her husband, Gary, worked as a technician overseeing CT scanning.
“I knew the people there were very nice,” the 44-year-old Downers Grove resident said. But it wasn’t until Fancher found out she had a lump in her breast and begun cancer treatment that she more fully experienced the DIC staff’s care and concern.
The lump was discovered during a routine visit to her gynecologist. An ultrasound revealed a suspicious mass which was quickly diagnosed as breast cancer.
“That same day, they did a biopsy and also referred me to a surgeon,” Fancher recalled. “I got the results of the biopsy just a few days later. The DuPage Imaging Center staff helped me navigate from one step to the next so there was no confusion about what I needed to do. Their help was such a blessing.”
Less than two weeks after Fancher was diagnosed with breast cancer, surgeon Dr. Daniel Douglas and plastic surgeon Dr. Sandeep Jejurikar performed a mastectomy with reconstructive plastic surgery at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Fancher’s oncologist is Dr. Patricia Madej, medical director of the accredited Comprehensive Breast Center at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals.
“At DuPage Imaging Center and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, I felt that the staff and physicians really cared about me as a person – not just my body but my mind and spirit also,” Fancher said. “Being in a Christian atmosphere was very comforting.”
After her treatment, Fancher attended a tree lighting ceremony to raise awareness of breast cancer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, where she met another woman facing the same surgery.
“The woman had a lot of concerns, but I told her about my positive experience and tried to reassure her,” Fancher said. “She made the decision to have the surgery and now she’s doing well also.”
Fancher would recommend her care at DuPage Imaging Center and her surgical treatment to other breast cancer patients. It also gave her a new appreciation for the work done by her husband, now employed by Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.
“Going through this experience at such a familiar place gave me a new perspective on Gary’s role at Adventist Midwest Health,” she said. “It reminded me that the work he does every day makes a difference in people’s lives.”