Working In Oncology
Working In Oncology

Episode 5 · 1 year ago

Oncology Worker & Cancer Survivor: Both Sides of the Fence w/ Lisa Carey


Working in oncology changes completely when you get cancer treatments in the same chair as your patients. The view from the other side of the fence will change your patient advocacy forever.

In this episode, we interview Lisa Carey, MOA at Broome Oncology, about how being a survivor affected her job.

What we talked about:

-Working in oncology as a cancer survivor

-The biggest battle her patients face is one they don’t even know about

-Walking into the treatment area now & being family to patients

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You're listening to working in oncology, a podcast and video show that spotlights oncology practice staff and industry influencers who work behind the scenes to shape the future of oncology. The more knowledge the oncology community shares with each other, the more we all grow. Let's get into the show. Welcome to working on ecology. I might mark SCO tonight with me as Lisa carry from room oncology to New York to the show. Think it all right? So I got to ask you who your first by a where was? So, Lisa, you have a very unique story. You Cancer Survivor yourself to working on college and ... what do you do? How long you've been working in college? I've been working at Romancology for ten years. Started out as a full Batamis and now I for the last seven years I've been doing of the authorizations for Romancology as far as medical procedures, put sands, CP scans by UPSAS and I do all of the oral medications jacket trade. Yeah, big job, big job. Tell us about your journey. What you want through. I was diagnosed with Lett of cancer in two thousand nineteen February. Two Thousand and nineteen and I had to go to four rounds of chemotherapy, those studs and back and then I had to have eleven hours surgery to remove my bladder and several other parts of me and order to despite that, and I did. I...

...did here and quite they did right. I did for the journey. Yeah, you're working with the patients out of the other DASS. How do you bring what you went through into the office? What's the most gratifying? Very passionate. I think I was always passionate about my job at after battling cancer and really being on that side of defense, I get it. Totally get what they need for the medications, the need for procedures, and I became more of a warrior down and for myself, because they needed somebody to vcate them, just like I need somebody to advocate for me when I was going through it. This is not an easy job. You're voted to work every... these patients. How did that factor to go back? When I went back to work, it was very hard. It was like a little bit of PTSD, because little triggers would set me on, remind me of how sick I was. Whatever few that took a few months and a little bit of counseling, but I got through it and learned that I needed to grasp it more than I need to run from it, and came a lot closer to the patients because I was able to say, Hey, waiting and I've been I know what you're going through and I'm here to help you. For somebody walking into that practice being diagnosed with cancer have you getting to work with you, knowing that you went through it has to be so comforting for them. Yeah, but also for you. Yeah, yeah, because we could...

...share stories, stories that nobody gets, man, even your family families very big. My Work Family was amazing. But patients and cancer patient to cash cancer patient together, they you really click when you get it. And so you had to go. You had to go sit in that pemo chair, that same chair that the patients are gold. You were actually treating. We gotta work. Yes, a little bit about that took me allowed to walk back to the treatment area. Luckily, I have my own little cubiclee and I didn't have to go back in the Fu area and I couldn't for a while, but now I can and I can go sit the patients and a lot of them, like I said, they've become a family and my friends and I can actually go back in there and they're getting their treatment. I sit in I visited them and it's comforting now just the whole one on one.

I'm just thinking from you know, an administration staying point in college and have at least carry to just is. You have to be such an ass out to perhaps be able to think deliver the message that you want to help these folks to Tis through. Their J just has to be sold. It is. It's very fulfilling, especially when you can get them. They're very expensive medications and we have great team to do that and everybody in the office is very, very tight. Is that the biggest challenge? What's the biggest challenge for now? That the insurance. What are you? What? Do you like insurance companies? Definitely, yeah. They don't want to they don't...

...want to pay for anything, they don't want to approve anything. So I think the bat'll always starts there and patients don't understand. They just they know what they need and they want it, but they don't understand you have to get it approved through by the Insurance Company and that is where the battle begins and that's where I come in and you have to advocate and do whatever we have to do, or stops to the medicinal treatments. Funding is they have to get funding for them and go to your resources. But it all works out. So every day you're going in and deal with patience, deal with your families. How do you disconnect when you go home? I like to say after so I love the gym and Love Me To do super I even...

...stuck there in that place. Only the prosit I'm not quite something after the person I was and your go but I'm can on it to get ready your period. I'm a lie, living, breathing and enjoying life and you have a new grand baby. They do. They do use born to cover and that was very after my surgery. I was very weak and tired, but that got me. That was a big motivation. Yeah, you know, you go to work every day, a bad day, you know, whatever you go through during the day where it's just I have in the best of days to go home to see every part called. It's a big happen. It keeps you going, that those little bodies keep going and it just keeps your heart from every day. So what else do you do? So you do, Zoomba, I know you like cars. Yes, we have.

I have a a lot of cars. I have a challenger Two thousand and sixteen, I have a step fire one thousand Tine hundred and seventy five. When I have my regular every day card and I just winerize my hap time. So I'm going to miss them for the next few months. When a rise, I say that was winter to go state New York. Just you know, the snow flies super early here some day. You know, last year was it we had going home. So it's yeah, it's coming, it'll be here before we go. I don't want to take me back to like when the pandemic hit and you were working and how that affected your job and what you do want the others. How did you? How did you manage through that? And that was a very scary time. It was scary...

...for everybody, I think, and the world on college, you patients especially, because are so immune. Compromise. I myself was only back to work two months and scared to death out of me. Luckily I was able to work from home, which was challenging on itself because I lived really up the country. So someone service and not that's kind of bad missus Nike x machine. But it was scary. But our opposite everything they can to screen for it and we met. We have had any cases office? It is so yeah, I mean you yourself had bought answer Bush. Maybe. So. Yeah, I was very scary. I didn't want to. Yeah, definitely I was. I didn't want to fight another fight, especially covid yeah, come when this first came out, was very scary to everybody, whether you...

...your healthy a healthy. Luckily I didn't have to find out what patients working on yourself yourself. Everything you do is just love life and thank you for time. These really appreciate it. Have Fun doing this. Hopefully you can do this against Absolu right than you. Are You satisfied with your patients currentsy to therapy, or are you just settling? You can improve patient outcomes with bioplus specialty pharmacies. Power of two, the first ever two hour, two day to gather promise. It's faster and easier for you and your patients to...

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