"I just want to make sure we kind of run the schedule so everybody's on the same page today." With GYN oncology in particular, I think it's a very tender topic for women and for their families. They need someone they can trust. They need someone who will give them all the facts but also give them hope.
"How's everything going?"
My name is Jennifer Mueller, and I'm a GYN oncology surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering. I care for women who have uterine, ovary, cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers.
"How are you?"
"So good to see you."
"I'm going to take a quick look and feel here at the lymph nodes."
When I meet a woman in a consultation, we talk through whether surgery is an appropriate option. We go through in detail. We write it down. We draw pictures and answer lots of questions to make sure everybody is on the same page.
So, once we have all of that established, and surgery is something we agree is important to do, we talk about all the ways we can try to minimize some of the problems that people may have either with transportation, or even the timing of surgery. And in my practice, I often will offer a Saturday operating room opportunity because it's a lot easier sometimes to get into the city on the weekends.
There are numerous benefits to receiving care at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Meeting people who are at the top of their field, who are very experienced and may see things that are called "rare" or "uncommon" but are not rare or uncommon to specialists such as ourselves. You're getting the very best care you can, so that moving forward, you're getting the very best treatment that you can.
"I appreciate everything you've done because when I walked in here, I was so scared."
When men and women face a cancer diagnosis, they are afraid. And here at Memorial Sloan Kettering, we're helping them overcome that fear and to get back into the lives that are so important to them.
"Thank you for everything."