U A B C O M P R E H E N S I V E C A N C E R C E N T E R 7

NURSING school saved Kimberly Scott s life. As she prepared to enter the nurse prac- titioner program at UAB, a routine physical exam turned up an abnormal lump in her neck. Dr. Lisa Oestreich at UAB Student Health did the most thorough physical exam I ve ever had, and at one point, she asked me if I had thyroid problems, Mrs. Scott recalls. I said, Not that I know of, but she felt like she saw something there.

An ultrasound at The Kirklin Clinic revealed a nodule on the right side of her throat, and a fine-needle aspiration biopsy a few days later revealed atypical cells. Mrs. Scott was referred to Glenn Peters, M.D., a UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center senior scientist and otolaryngology surgeon, who recommended removing the right side of her thyroid gland. He also recommended a fro- zen section biopsy of the left side of the gland to see if it was cancerous.

Mrs. Scott was on board with the plan. I said, Great. Whatever you need to do, let s get it out, she recalls. Dr. Peters is so caring and compassionate that even when he gave me my diagnosis, I could tell it was emotional for him. But he comforted me and said we were going to work through it and everything would be all right.

Dr. Peters performed surgery on September 12, 2011, removing half of Mrs.

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KIMBERLY SCOTT B Y J O S H T I L L

CANCER HAS BEEN A BLESSING IN DISGUISE.

IT S MADE ME CHANGE HOW I TAKE CARE OF MYSELF, HOW

I FEEL, HOW I PROJECT MYSELF TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD.