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COLLABORATIVE CARE,
CLOSE TO HOME
When Laurie Schetlick, 50, began feeling unusually tired in August 2016, she thought she was just out of shape. “I thought maybe I needed to step up my cardio and lose some weight,” she recalls. The marketing consultant and mother of three, including a 19-year-old who had just gone off to college, found herself out of breath during her regular morning walks with her girlfriends. After visiting her internal medicine physician, Mark Fialk, MD, of Scarsdale Medical Group who is also a hematologist/oncologist, blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy revealed the cause of her symptoms: acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). APL is a rare form of acute myelogenous leukemia with fewer than
2,000 new cases every year in which patients are especially susceptible to bleeding and bruising.
Her life was put on hold for the next five weeks as she received intensive induction chemotherapy in Manhattan, where she could be closely monitored by a team with specialized experience in APL. She was relieved to learn that she could receive the next phase of her treatment—daily infusions of a drug called arsenic trioxide—at White Plains Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, just a 20-minute drive from her Bronxville home. She’s now able to drive her children (ages 11 and 16) to school, have her treatment at the Center for Cancer Care, and be home in time to pick them up when her husband is unable to do so.
“At White Plains Hospital, the continuity of care is amazing. I have the same nurses and
nurse practitioner every day, and everyone is so kind and attentive,” Mrs. Schetlick notes. “The convenience of the Center for Cancer Care enables me to be more e icient with my time. It would be exhausting to go into the city every day for this treatment. As a result, I think I’m recovering faster.”
In between her four-week cycles of arsenic trioxide therapy, she takes oral medication for two weeks at a time—tretinoin, a vitamin A-based drug—and is scheduled to complete this “consolidation” phase of her therapy by June. Afterward, Dr. Fialk will monitor her health. “For a busy mom of three, I’ve been so grateful to be able to receive my consolidation therapy so close to home,” says Mrs. Schetlick. “It’s been a blessing.”
“At White Plains Hospital, the continuity of care is amazing.
And everyone is so kind and attentive.”
— Laurie Schetlick (shown above with Eibhlis Murray, NP)
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