Anne Perlman says she had been a PAMF “client” for 35 years. “I’d go to the doctor, get checkups every year, do all the maintenance stuff. I always had completely wonderful health.”
What impressed me so much was how caring everyone was at PAMF.
Until she didn’t.
“In 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Perlman says. “Now I’m a patient.”
Over the next several months, Perlman saw more medical staff at PAMF than she had ever seen before. She says the care she received impressed her so much, she is now making donations to support a variety of programs related to breast health.
Perlman’s treatment journey started with a routine mammogram.
“They found something suspicious on the mammogram and called me back for a second one,” she says. “All in one day, they did a second mammogram, an ultrasound and a biopsy. I had the results while I was there. There was no waiting in between. There was no time to get fearful. I didn’t have to go through days and days of wondering what was going on.”
“After we got the diagnosis, my primary care doctor,Dr. James C. Stringer, called me at home—on a Sunday night!—and said, ‘We will get you through this.’ I had no doubt that he would.”
Perlman’s treatment included a lumpectomy and several weeks of radiation therapy. “What impressed me so much was how caring everyone was at PAMF,” she says. “I visited so many different departments, and everywhere I went I was treated as a whole person. It felt like everyone was waiting to care for me as a person.”
One service she found particularly comforting, Perlman says, was meeting with a nurse navigator. “She went through what they already knew about my case, in detail. She showed me pictures and explained everything to me. She took as long as I needed and answered every single question. Then she immediately took me in to see the surgeon, who reinforced everything the nurse had just said.”
“I felt very well cared for by this group of doctors. One of them had even treated my mother for breast cancer 20 years ago. The radiation oncology team was fabulous. They actually made the experience fun. It’s a very good feeling, to know that each individual at PAMF is thinking about you.”