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An ‘Insider’s View’ of Cancer Care

"Being a nurse and having worked in a hospice and helping my mom and grandfather through their cancer, I’ve been involved in oncology care. Right away, I saw the team environment at Texas Oncology and found it reassuring."

Eddie Maraboto
Testicular Cancer

When healthcare professionals need care, the perspective is different. After experiencing unusual abdominal pain in 2017, clinical nurse specialist Eddie Maraboto quickly found himself in a profound role reversal situation – and with stage 2 testicular cancer.

Eddie was referred to Dr. Punit Chadha at Texas Oncology—South Austin in June 2017 and things started to quickly take off. He was diagnosed on a Monday, had surgery on Wednesday, started chemotherapy about two weeks later, and finished in October 2017. As an advanced practice nurse, Eddie thoroughly understands how to deliver excellent healthcare. Now on the patient side, he could see clearly that he was receiving it.

“From day one, I was definitely very confident in Dr. Chadha’s expertise and ability. I’d heard good things from colleagues—about him and the whole team at Texas Oncology,” said Eddie.

Under Dr. Chadha’s care, Eddie underwent surgery, followed by 4 rounds of systemic chemotherapy. He is currently in remission.

Dr. Chadha added that Eddie’s attitude and approach played a significant role in his fight with cancer, and that he feels it will help him moving forward.

“Eddie’s positive outlook and willingness to advocate for himself throughout treatment aided in his recovery and will play a major role in his continued success,” said Dr. Chadha. “We will continue to observe his progress, however, his prognosis is excellent and our hope is that he has been cured.”

With his insider’s view of healthcare, nothing went unnoticed by Eddie. Little things—from the nurses in the infusion center being highly-organized and meticulous, to the doctors’ expertise and bedside manner—stand out in Eddie’s memory and impressed him as both a patient and a healthcare professional.

“Being a nurse and having worked in a hospice and helping my mom and grandfather through their cancer, I’ve been involved in oncology care. Right away, I saw the team environment at Texas Oncology and found it reassuring,” said Eddie. “Dr. Chadha, the nurses, pharmacists, clinical assistants, they gave me a lot of confidence in their skill and expertise, yet they were just so warm and so friendly. It can be rare to find those qualities all together in the same provider, let alone a whole team.”

Fortunately, thanks to breakthroughs in cancer care, testicular cancer is highly treatable, survivable and curable today. Even so, Eddie encourages all men to take preventative measures, both at home and with their physicians.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of self-exams,” said Eddie. “Testicular self-exams, monthly, weekly, even every time you’re in the shower. It’s just an easy thing that can really save your life.”

Going beyond testicular cancer, Eddie said it’s also important to be aware of how your whole body is feeling, and to respond to any unusual changes.

“Be vigilant of any changes you notice in your body,” said Eddie. “It’s important to kind of know your body, keep an eye on it, and monitor it regularly. Any changes you notice, don’t hesitate to go to your healthcare provider.”

While this can often be difficult for men, Eddie added that it’s important to be vigilant and proactive about your health — for yourself and for fulfilling your responsibility to others.

“I think we can be hesitant to reach out, maybe out of a sense of denial, to our doctors or to others for advice,” said Eddie. “It’s important to keep in mind is that we have a lot of folks who love and support us. We want to continue to provide for our families and be there for folks who care about us.”

The information included in this testimonial is based on one patient’s unique experience and is not intended to represent all patient outcomes or expectations.