Exceptional Cancer Care in the Neighborhood
By looking at 49-year-old Tina Pilot, she seemed to be the picture of good
health. The star softball player in high school was in the best shape
of her life and rarely ever got sick. But, her active lifestyle kept her
busy, and it had been nine years since she had a mammogram.
After listening to friends who were giving her a hard time about her lapse
in screening and volunteering at a
Bras for Cause fundraising event in support of breast and cervical cancer, Tina scheduled
her mammogram at Community Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center.
Upon reviewing Tina’s test results, Jorge Pardes, MD, diagnostic
radiologist, was concerned, and he recommended she have a biopsy for further
testing. The biopsy results showed positive - Tina had triple positive
On December 21, 2015 – two months to the day of her biopsy –
Tina underwent a lumpectomy at Community Medical Center performed by Sumy
Chang, MD, a board-certified breast surgeon, affiliated with Monmouth
Medical Center and Community Medical Center. During the procedure, which
is less invasive than a mastectomy, Dr. Chang removed the lump in Tina’s
breast and some of the healthy tissue surrounding it.
Because of the type of breast cancer Tina was diagnosed with, her course
of treatment required chemotherapy. Initially, Tina saw Seth Cohen, MD,
board-certified medical oncologist and regional medical director of oncology
clinical research for the Outpatient Infusion Center at Monmouth Medical
Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC), but she wanted a second opinion.
So, Tina made the trek to New York City for an appointment with an acclaimed
breast surgeon. Much to Tina’s peace of mind, she was told to continue
with her course of treatment and her team of Drs. Pardes, Chang and Cohen
– they were smart, impressive physicians who would take good care of her.
Tina was at ease. “Every time another procedure needed to be done,
I felt like I was with the right person and in the right hands,” she says.
Although she was concerned about continuing treatment with renowned facilities
nearby in New York, Tina ultimately found comfort at Monmouth Medical
Center, Southern Campus for her chemotherapy treatments.
“There is a reason people go running to Dr. Cohen,” says Tina.
“He is simply the best. After using Monmouth Medical Center, Southern
Campus for outpatient infusion, I would recommend any friend or family
member come here before going anywhere else.”
Susan, a close friend of Tina’s who supported her through her breast
cancer journey, echoed Tina’s sentiments. “After seeing the
level of care provided to Tina, my perception of Monmouth Medical Center,
Southern Campus has totally changed. This would be my first choice.”
With her last chemotherapy treatment behind her, the now 50-year-old is
beyond grateful for the care she received during her visits to the Outpatient
Infusion Center. “I can’t explain how good the nurses and
Dr. Cohen were to me,” says Tina. “Everyone was so compassionate
and made my life easy during one of my darkest hours. From the moment
I walked into my first chemo, the nurses made me feel as if I would get
through this with ease. They feel like part of my family now.”
For more information on MMCSC’s Cancer Services and Outpatient Infusion