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Breast Cancer Survivors Explain Why They Chose UAB

For the second consecutive year, the UAB Breast Health Center received a Women’s Choice Award recognizing its dedication to patient care and treatment.

More than 4,600 U.S. hospitals were evaluated for 2016. The award is based on several factors, including positive patient satisfaction scores from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a national survey of women’s priorities in choosing breast care. (Read about UAB’s 2016 “America’s Best Breast Centers” award).

Industry recognition is nice, but nothing speaks as loudly as comments from our patients, such as Lois Core Humphrey, a retired medical technologist who spent many years working for Birmingham-area hospitals. When she found a lump in her breast earlier in 2016, she chose UAB, where 15 years ago she was successfully treated for a soft tissue tumor on the back of her thigh.

“I chose the UAB Breast Health Center because of the good outcome from my previous experience, and because as a member of the health care profession, I knew that UAB had some of the most renowned doctors as well as sophisticated diagnostic equipment,” Humphrey says. “What I loved most was that this team gave me their recommendation for surgery, then they allowed me to have input.”

Humphrey opted for a double mastectomy shortly after her breast cancer diagnosis, and she recently completed chemotherapy.

“This has not been an easy experience; sometimes the side effects have taken their toll on my body,” Humphrey says. “But I sense that I am about to enter the other side of what once seemed like a nightmare. UAB has played a huge and positive role in every step of my journey, and at the end of this, I will survive.”

Angela Hunter, a nurse manager at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Hospital, came to the UAB Breast Health Center in November 2014, shortly after having a tumor removed from her breast. 

“UAB was always my first choice when it came to getting a second opinion and starting my treatment,” Hunter says. “All of my doctors and nurses were wonderful, and the nurses in the infusion clinic, too – they all constantly reassured me that I would make it through this.”

Hunter says she chose UAB both for its reputation and convenience.

“The quality of care was outstanding, “she says. “I moved all of my care to UAB. It’s the reputation, but the compassion from the nurses and the doctors is what really sets UAB apart. I won’t go anywhere else.”

Learn more about cancer care at UAB Medicine.