Winship leukemia patient, Ruben Diaz shares his experience while in the hands of the doctors, nurses and the care team at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
Ruben experienced mysterious symptoms of bruising when visiting family in the Carolinas and doctors there were not familiar with the cancer treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). That's when doctors, at a hospital states away, turned to our subspecialty cancer care experts at Winship.
Ruben's cancer type is known as the 'heart attack' because it's aggressive and shows up quickly so there was no time to waste. Winship's very detailed three-step treatment process gives hope to patients like Ruben. A team of Winship physicians, nurses, and research staff led by Anand Jillella, MD came up with a collaborative cancer care plan that decreases acute promyelocytic leukemia mortality from 30 percent to about five percent.