Alexandra introduces herself, explains why she ended up at Mayo Clinic for small bowel cancer treatment, and describes her patient experience.
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Going to Mayo Clinic for Cancer Treatment Hi, I am Alexandra Jones and I am a patient at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. I have been battling stage-4 cancer of the small bowel. The Mayo Clinic has been very instrumental in saving my life and I am so excited today to share my story with you. Prior to coming to Mayo Clinic, I was treated by another local oncologist who had told me that I had stage-1 ovarian cancer and commenced to treat me for that. However, my cancer returned four months after chemo and I went back to that same oncologist to be treated and he refused to see me. I had called him every day for three weeks; I was running very high fevers, going to every emergency room in the valley to seek treatment and was very unsuccessful. I called my gynecologist, the person that does not have anything to do with my cancer treatment, and she is the one who helped me get into the Mayo Clinic and I am so grateful that we are here. Upon arrival at Mayo I was greeted by very warm and friendly visitor volunteers. The staff there, the nursing staff, even the people that took your co-payment were very warm and friendly to me and I felt at home. Upon meeting Dr. Magtibay I just got a sense of relief that everything was going to be okay. At the time that I came to him I could barely walk. My stomach was so distended I looked nine months pregnant and I wasn’t, and all I wanted was just to live enough to see my son turn 7; at the time he was six. So I said, “Whatever you can do I’ll be so grateful,” and I gave him my entire medical file, including CT scans and he said, “It’s going to be okay, just sit right here and let me see what I can do”. And then I said, “I just need more time.” And he said, “Well, time to do what?” And I showed him a picture of my son. I said, “To see him grow up. Or at least see him to the second grade,” and he goes, “We’ve got you covered. If you can stay here today, we’ll do surgery next week”.