"It feels right to be where you trust people."
Sarah Muil was 34 when she noticed her lymph nodes were still swollen after recovering from a strep throat infection. After a battery of tests, her surgeon, Dr. Eugene Curletti, recommended one of them be removed. "When he was taking out my stitches, he put his hand on my shoulder," she recalled. She braced herself for the news that he gently delivered: she had Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer originating from white blood cells.
"Once the doctors knew was it was, they moved so fast," Sarah said. She met with her medical oncologist, Dr. Spyridon Triantos, who explained in detail what she could expect throughout her treatment. "He was extremely attentive and answered all of my questions thoroughly," she said. "I walked out of his office and said to my husband, 'This is going to be good.'"
Like many patients, Sarah decided to get a second opinion at a major Boston institution, where physicians confirmed the treatment approach and spoke very highly of their colleagues in the Berkshires. "It felt great to know I could get top-notch care in Berkshire County and not have to go anywhere else," she said.
Throughout her treatment, which included chemotherapy and radiation (the latter of which was delivered by Dr. Wade Gebara), Sarah was impressed by the warm, personal care she received from her physicians and nurses. "Everyone is always there for you," she said. "Everything was explained to me so well. The atmosphere is love and caring and kindness and personal attention."
"It was really amazing the way the doctors teamed up to provide me with such quality care," Sarah said. "It made me feel very comfortable." When a friend's daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Sarah immediately recommended the BMC cancer program. "I had nothing but great things to say," she admitted. "It feels right to be where you trust people."