During my treatment for breast cancer, I had the opportunity to select a new oncologist. I chose Dr. Jacqueline Vuky: I liked that she was affiliated with the OHSU Knight Cancer Insitute and had a special interest in breast cancer. I also appreciated that while I could see her in a clinic close to my home, she’s connected to the research and everything that happens on the hill. That gave me a lot of confidence in my treatment.
My initial impression of Dr. Vuky was that she was very capable and engaging. She is a nice mix of being very personable as well as professional. She listened well to my questions and concerns. I didn’t ever feel rushed, or like my questions didn’t merit a thoughtful response. I felt like she really saw me as a person, not a chart. She has a very good sense of my health and a good game plan. We’re working together to evaluate and connect me with possible clinical trials, too. She’s very responsive and I’ve appreciated her attention to my health.
While Dr. Vuky is the main doctor I see at OHSU, I did consult with women’s health researchers when I was looking at treatment options. The OHSU Center for Women’s Health is a beautiful place: lovely art, thoughtful design, a healing environment. When you feel vulnerable, it’s comforting to be in an environment like that. I felt appreciative this was in my back yard.
Overall, I feel really lucky to live in Portland where we have such a depth and breadth of exceptional people working on cancer care. There are so many resources for someone like me. I just appreciate that. I feel lucky every day and appreciate the researchers who are working hard, and the generosity of people like the Knights who have made a commitment to making cancer treatment better.
Also, Dr. Brian Druker is my hero. What he’s done is just amazing. He’s really the face and voice for all the many unsung heroes who work in the labs and wake up every day to work on coming up with a better way to help people. It brings me so much hope.
And it’s not just in Portland, but all over the world.