Like Marsha HarrisMarsha Harris is a retired teacher and fitness enthusiast. At age 73, Marsha can often be found on the golf course or taking a fitness class. But earlier this year, X-rays and tests showed that she had developed cancer in her lungs.
Marsha was referred to David Carbone, MD, a cancer oncologist and researcher here and one of the world’s leading experts on treating lung cancer. His research was among the first in the world to identify specific gene mutations inside cancer cells that allow doctors to target lifesaving medicine to those cells. Marsha had the very mutation he’d discovered years ago.
Thanks to Dr. Carbone and his discovery, Marsha manages her cancer diagnosis by taking a pill every day. As she says, “A lot of times, I forget I have lung cancer.”
Like Lisa MillerAs a teenager, Lisa was diagnosed with an arrhythmia. Randomly, her heart would race and reach alarming and erratic rhythms. Hoping the issue would resolve itself, Lisa did not address the condition until her adult years when the arrhythmia episodes became more frequent.
Playing a factor, too, in her decision to look into her heart condition was her young family. Lisa was concerned about how an adverse cardiac event – and the surgery to treat it – could affect not only her, but her husband and her two young children. “As a mom, the only thing I could think about was the minute percent chance something could go wrong. I still hedged and was leaning toward not doing anything; however my episodes were increasing in frequency and I was having them when I was home with the kids,” shares Lisa.
After an arrhythmia episode landed Lisa in the emergency department – when she was alone with her children – she finally decided to seek cardiac ablation from the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center to treat this condition.
Lisa is grateful for the care she received. “Looking back, I am so relieved and glad that I went ahead with the EP study and cardiac ablation – without it, I would still be living each day with worry,” says Lisa, “Ohio State Wexner Medical Center gave me peace of mind, they gave me a better quality of life, with more opportunities to pause, enjoy the sunsets, enjoy the time with my children and not worry about what might be.”
And like those we have yet to care for...This fall, we are embarking on a new horizon of care at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. We start with the opening of the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, which will be one of the largest comprehensive sports medicine facilities in the country. From helping our collegiate athletes perform to their best ability to helping the everyday person prevent common sports injuries, this facility will transform sports medicine care.
Additionally, the Brain and Spine Hospital at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center will become a premier institution serving people with neurological disorders ranging from traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke and more.
Our vital work is ongoing. We need your help to continue our trajectory to eminence in health care.
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