NHS Nurse Uses Cancer Experience to Help Others

NHS Nurse Uses Cancer Experience to Help Others

In June of 2015, Licensed Practical Nurse Kelly Hatley, discovered a lump in her breast. The lump grew rapidly, prompting Hatley to contact her physician and schedule a mammogram, an X-ray of the breast used to detect cancer. The results would lead her on a life-changing path and fight against breast cancer. “I went in for a needle biopsy in late August 2015, with a negative result.  I then went in for a lumpectomy on September 18, 2015, with a positive result of cancer,” said Hatley. A few days later she was diagnosed with Stage II, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – Breast Cancer. On October 20, 2015, she underwent a bilateral mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Hatley received her chemo treatments at the chemotherapy center at Northeastern Health System. “I had four rounds, every other week, of AC chemotherapy, and 6 rounds of T,” said Hatley. “I was scheduled for 12 rounds of T, but neuropathy set in my fingers and toes so I had to end early.” An AC-T regimen is an abbreviation for a chemotherapy combination used to treat breast cancer. It includes drugs doxorubicin hydrochloride and cyclophosphamide, followed by treatment with paclitaxel. Following chemotherapy, Hatley underwent 33 radiation treatments at Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center at Northeastern Health System, where she now works helping other cancer patients. “My experience at NHS was a very good experience.   I could not ask for better treatment.  The staff that took care of me, my supervisors, co-workers and others, treated me with sincere kindness,” said Hatley. “As for how I felt? Initially I was mad, upset, going through the grieving process...