When I was given the news on December 28, 2009 that I had Breast Cancer, the days that followed were a blur. All that was going through my mind was they are wrong, I can’t have breast cancer, I’m only 29, and who is going to take care of my 2 yr old son. Then I had my appointment with Dr. Geils who made me realize my life was not done. Dr. Geils was very compassionate and very thorough about my diagnosis and my options. Dr. Geils made me see that although my life was changing, it was not over. I started chemo soon after that conversation with Dr. Geils and I was still scared to death. Just the thought of me getting chemo was horrifying, but again Dr. Geils and the nurses explained what was happening and how I would feel. They all checked on me through the whole chemo process. They made me feel comfortable and at home. It’s like having an extended family. Cancer and chemo are probably the scariest words that anyone could ever hear, but everyone at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates PA made me realize I was not alone. I would definitely recommend them to anyone. Not only are the doctors and nurses great, but the front staff is amazing too. Just look for me.
Jenny Childs - Breast Cancer, CHOA Employee
In January 1986, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and three collapsed vertebrae. Dr. Geils said it couldn’t be cured but would be put in remission. I was in two years of chemotherapy and clean for two years. It then came back. I was then given chemotherapy for another 1 ½ years and I have been clear of multiple myeloma since! In 2000, I believe it was, they found a spot on the middle lobe of my left lung which turned out to be cancer. They removed the spot and I had another six months of real intense chemotherapy. If it had not been for this doctor and this great practice, I would not be alive today. The people here go out of their way to help and try to make you feel comfortable. I have recommended this place many times.
Joseph Horn - Myeloma
I am currently 59 yrs old and 8 years ago I found a lump in my left breast while taking a shower. I immediately saw my family doctor and she referred me to a surgeon. After MRI’s and biopsies it was determined that I did have breast cancer. I had a mastectomy and reconstruction done at the same time. At a follow-up visit with my surgeon, he informed me that he liked to pair patients with oncologist based on their personalities. He said that he thought Dr. James Orcutt might be a good match for me. My husband and I met with Dr. Orcutt and he mapped out a plan for me. I had a port inserted and then I began chemotherapy treatment. I had eight treatments, one every two weeks. Thus I began my journey with Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates. I would have an appointment with Dr. Orcutt and then go to the infusion suite for chemo. All the nurses were wonderful and my surgeon was right, Dr. Orcutt was a perfect match for me. Every time I saw Dr. Orcutt I would have a list of things that I wanted to discuss with him. He was always so patient, giving me all the time I needed. On one particular occasion I pulled out my list and began asking Dr. Orcutt about every little thing that was going on in my body. It didn’t matter that I was seeing other specialist for problems; I wanted Dr. Orcutt’s opinion. My husband looked at me and said “Dr. Orcutt can’t be your everything”. I looked up from my list and I pointed at Dr. Orcutt and said I want him to be my everything. He just smiled and about that time he had to leave the room for an emergency phone call. Moments later he returned and he looked at me and said “I can be your everything”. That said it all! He’s such a compassionate and caring person. He’s so much more than just my doctor, he’s my friend. When I bump into him outside of the office, he calls me by my name. He knows who I am and for that I am very grateful. I’m also a very active volunteer with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Over the years I have helped mentor and educate many woman about breast health. Dr. Orcutt and Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates have always been very supportive of these efforts. I would definitely recommend Dr. Orcutt and his staff to anyone looking for a wonderful oncologist! Who knows, he just might be their “Mr. Everything”!
Bonnie Hancock - Breast Cancer
I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer following a routine annual mammogram performed in April 2009. The team hospital team responded quickly by notifying me immediately and scheduling a biopsy later in the day. The following day when I received the news that the mass was indeed cancer I was referred to another doctor who performed additional test and a lumpectomy before the end of the following week. After some research and a visit to the office of Dr. George Keogh, I decided I wanted him and his staff to manage the next phase of treatment. I received 30 weeks of chemo which included participation in a clinical trial. I chose to have a surgically implanted port to receive these drugs. The nurses in the infusion center are very competent, informative and supportive during those stressful months. Radiation treatments were scheduled for about 7 weeks when the chemo was completed. Dr. Keogh has monitored me closely for adverse reactions and response to treatments. He always responds to my questions and concerns in a very concerned, supportive manner. The nursing staff returned calls, scheduled many tests and facilitated my care for almost two years now. While cancer has changed my life, I believe I have a good support team to help me win this battle!