Urologic Cancer and Dr. Shandra Wilson
Dear Dr. Wilson,
On behalf of my parents and myself, I wanted to send this brief note expressing our deepest gratitude and sincerest appreciation for all of your outstanding efforts in treating my Father, C.G.. I spoke with my parents just this evening and finding the words to accurately describe the profound transformation that Dad has undergone in the last two months is difficult. He most definitely is back to being the man that I've known and admired all my life. As you stated during his recovery, he has a minor issue with his gait - but he's up and walking on his own! In addition, his overall demeanor, cognitive skills, and even the tone and tenor in his voice are vastly improved when compared to his state of mind
and health in December of last year.
Your reassuring bedside manner contributed immeasurably to Dad's rebound, yet equally important, instilled faith and reassured our family's confidence when faced with a very bleak outlook. Along with other family members and friends, I truly had reservations about Dad undergoing the liposarcoma and nephrectomy given the other health issues he was experiencing at the time. Throughout this ordeal, you continually expressed a positive attitude which was demonstrated during office visits, phone calls, and hospital hallway conversations. Your outlook was a key factor in helping us deal with the operation and recovery. No matter the instance, you remained upbeat and determined for Dad to win this cancer battle so that he can confidently encounter those other battles that lie ahead.
Thank you so very, very much for all that you do, not only for our family, but for the other patients and their families for whom you provide such special care. We are extremely blessed to have had your skilled hands, boundless energy and exceptional professionalism as a part of Dad's treatment.
God Bless You and thank you again from a grateful family.
With Our Sincere Thanks,
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer Nov 06. The news was devastating and my first thoughts were, what the hell am I going to do now. A colleague of mine, who has kidney cancer, told me to get myself educated, find a competent doctor and get a positive attitude.
Within three days of my diagnosis I had an Orchectomy and my lab results stated, "possible lymphatic invasion." The doctor, here in Colorado Springs advise me to get an RPLND within 8 weeks. He was willing to perform the operation, but I wasn't comfortable with his bedside manner nor did he convince me he had the skills to perform such a delicate operation.
I immediately went on the Internet and found Dr. Thomas Flaig. As luck would have it he had an
opening within 3 days and off to Denver I drove to meet Dr. Flaig. Dr. Flaig and I must have
spoke for over an hour as he sat patiently explaining the "Journey" I was about to embark on. He
immediately had my pathology sent to him where he and his colleagues discussed my pathology.
I met with Dr. Flaig again to discuss the next step and he said, "an RPLND would be your next
step, but the decision is yours." Dr. Flaig sat quietly with me until the tears subsided and then I asked, "Do you know of a qualified doctor who could perform this RPLND." His honest response was, I know Dr. Wilson is very competent and qualified with such a procedure, but you must be comfortable within yourself to have Dr. Wilson do the job." I asked Dr. Flaig to please give my name to Dr. Wilson as I would like to speak with her.
Please understand I've been on the Internet trying to understand all the medical issues and
terminology associated with the RPLND. Aside from that, my sister is a doctor and she helped
me formulate questions I needed to ask of Dr. Wilson.
Dr. Wilson called me that evening and spent the better part of an hour answering my questions and trying to help calm my fears about the road I must now travel. Dr. Meacham, I was absolutely scared to death and expressed my feelings to Dr. Wilson and the fear I had inside.Dr. Wilson made me feel so comfortable inside and explained the procedure I needed to have to the point I decided right then, Dr. Wilson would be my surgeon.
We are now in December, surgery scheduled for the beginning of January, but I needed to meet with her in Denver prior to surgery. Each time we scheduled an appointment it would snow like there is no tomorrow and I could not make the drive. However, each time Dr. Wilson called me to assure me everything would be ok and we would reschedule, only to have it snow again and I couldn't make the appointment. It was EVERY Friday in December, which when we scheduled an appointment the snows came and I was stuck in Colorado Springs. Each time Dr. Wilson would call me to assure me she was ready and we would be ok for surgery. Needless to say I never did make it to Denver to meet with Dr. Wilson.
Finally at the beginning of January, while in pre-op, I had the great pleasure of meeting Dr. Wilson. She sat with my wife and I until all questions were answered and I was comfortable moving forward. It just brings tears to my eyes as I write this because I remember it like it was yesterday. Dr. Wilson made me feel so good inside and assured my wife and I that we would be well taken care of and she would do the very best job possible.
After the surgery she took the time to speak with my wife and assured her the surgery went will and I'm now on the road to recovery. As I woke from anesthesia I was greeted by Dr. Wilson and her staff (who's names I can't seem to remember right now). Again she and her staff sat with me until I understood the healing process. As I stayed in the hospital Dr. Wilson and her staff visited with me each and everyday. On the third day we had a major incident where I was left sitting in a chair from about 4:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Actually it was one of Dr. Wilson's attending physicians who found me asleep in the chair with a blanket over me. I don't want to go into that unfortunate treatment, but I do know the problem was rectified immediately when Dr. Wilson's attending physicians spoke with the hospital staff. I do remember Dr. Wilson was notified of the problem and she came to speak with me the minute her schedule permitted, but I was comforted by her attending physicians (I sure wish I could remember their names).
Before being discharged from the hospital Dr. Wilson came by to see if my wife and I needed anything prior to discharge. She also explained to me that I may call her for any reason as she will always be there to help me on my journey. Well as it turned out my journey was not over. The test results from the RPLND indicated lymphatic invasion and I need to discuss treatment.
Once again I traveled to Denver to meet with Dr. Wilson and Dr. Flaig. Dr. Wilson explained to me that further treatment was necessary and I was in good hands with Dr. Flaig. After meeting with Dr. Flaig, Dr. Wilson was there for any additional questions we may have and helped the tears dry up and discuss my fears as chemotherapy was added to my journey.
I can't tell you how grateful I am to Dr. Wilson and Dr. Flaig for their team effort to get me on my way to recovery. Dr. Wilson's bedside manner is the best I have ever seen. I was a combat medic for 9 years in the Army and NEVER had I seen such professionalism and true caring that I experienced first hand with Dr. Wilson. I will always remember her smile, caring voice and willingness to give it her all to see that every step of my treatment is done with dignity and respect.. ..... and always with a smile.
BTW ...... After Chemotherapy and additional surgery for an infection my tumor markers are now normal. I've dropped 2· Ibs. and ride a stationary bike everyday for 11 miles.
My name is R.S.. I am a patient of Dr. Shandra Wilson, who performed a radical
prostectomy in response to discovery of my prostate cancer in January 2005. I was living in
Colorado Springs at the time and was referred to Dr. Wilson by a number of medical
professionals within your system, having been referred to your urology department by Dr. Jay
Gershen. Dr. Gershen and I became acquainted while working together to support the needs of the university and its medical school.
The summary of my experience under Dr. Wilson's care is that she was excellent. During every encounter, her evaluation of my situation and recommendations for treatment were thoroughly supported by research about which she had made herself aware and took the pains to share with me in as much detail as I requested.
The results of the procedure itself have been ideal. I have experienced none of the nastier consequences which are possible results. My PSA levels continue to indicate complete elimination of the cancerous tissue even though the margins were small and the tumor aggressive.
Her follow up has been strong, providing results from my quarterly PSAs with comments.
So, the combination of a proactive approach to patient communication, possession of the knowledge that answered all patient questions (and more), an excellent clinical result and good follow up have made me a very satisfied patient.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any further questions about my experiences under the care of Dr. Wilson.
I wanted to send you a letter to compliment you on one of the doctors on your staff. On December 18, 2007, I had a kidney and attached tumor removed. The care I received from Dr. Shandra Wilson was extraordinary. She is very compassionate, but very professional as well. Dr. Wilson explained every step of what they would be doing, possible obstacles, and what to expect after the surgery. The surgery was extremely well planned. I'm a big man and Dr. Wilson and her team took every step possible to ensure my safety during surgery and recovery.
I was released from the hospital on December 22, 2007, and was back to work on January 4, 2008. I've had no pain or any other problems since the surgery. At my 6-week checkup, everything looked good.
In today's world, it is very unusual to have a doctor who has the skills and outstanding bedside manner that Dr. Wilson has. To sum it up, if I knew anybody that needed the type of surgery I had, I would without hesitation, recommend Dr. Wilson and the team that worked with her.
As I complete my recovery from bladder cancer surgery, I'd like to offer a few thoughts on Dr. Shandra Wilson. I'll frame them from the multiple perspectives that I have developed of her over the past six months.
Most importantly, as her patient, I now have implicit trust in her professional judgment
and medical skills. Being a person with average medical knowledge, I must base most of
my opinion on my personal outcomes. My neobladder works like a champ; in fact, better
than my creaky original equipment model. Her medical magic also resulted in an apparently permanent drop of20 points in my blood pressure, as well as my complete loss of desire for alcohol or sweets. I feel better now than I have for years.
In addition to my physical results being stellar, I noticed a definite respect from the other doctors, nurses and technicians as to her skills and effectiveness as a surgeon. I have told the story many times about how other doctors were awed at how effective she was working on my internal organs through such a small, precise incision.
She also has a personal engagement style that creates trust in her patients. I know that she views me as an individual, not just another procedure or an interesting case. She really seems to care about how everything works out for the patient. Her patients are living testimony to the value of all those long, stressful years of training.
As a former Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at the USAF Academy, I can imagine that her students look forward to her classes. Teaching is really about trust, respect and enthusiasm as much as technical skill. If she is representative of your incoming faculty, the State of Colorado will continue to be well served by our medical school.
And finally, as the father of a daughter who is a third year medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle, I am encouraged that Rachel will perhaps be able to meet her professional goals while still having a full family and personal life. I hope that our daughter can someday also be a role model for young women in medicine, as Dr. Wilson is today.
All in all, I feel blessed to have gone through the experience with Dr. Wilson and the University of Colorado Hospital. I have been very public about this to my Museum and civic colleagues, so hopefully you'll get the chance to help a few of them someday.
Dr. Wilson has been my urologist since 2004, when Dr. Donahue left UCHSC. Following various chemotherapy treatments for superficial bladder cancer, the cancer was diagnosed as invasive in January 2006. Dr. Wilson performed a cystectomy, prostate removal and bladder reconstruction in May 2006. The surgery was fully successful and following two months off work I returned to regular teaching and research in Fall 2006. I am 71 years old.
In addition to being a highly able surgeon, Dr. Wilson has co-authored 16 papers and book chapters (eight as first author) in the professional literature, with three further papers in press . She is Principal Investigator on three research grants and was awarded three IN Service Commendations from Mississippi University and an Outstanding Achievement award from the AUA.
I review many scientists for promotion and tenure at CU and nationally. I have no hesitation in stating that Dr. Wilson's achievements and credentials fully meet the expectations of the University of Colorado for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure at this time.
Being a physician, I have a lot of concern about the direction that medicine is taking today. This experience restored my confidence in the medical profession. Dr. Wilson and her staff are the epitome of what medical care should be. I am grateful to your staff for such excellent care and will recommend your facility to everyone I love and want to have the very best in medical care. Thank you.
I want to let you know that as I look at my blessings, you are at the top. You restored normalcy to my life, which I appreciate ever day. You are gifted. I am glad you work in a profession where you can help others.
Thank you so much for taking the time to explain my records and my pending surgery. I can honestly say, if I had to have surgery tonight, you would be the doctor I would feel most comfortable with. I like your approach and process of elimination before rushing into total kidney removal. It's nice to have someone share my opinions about the next step. Again, thank you for spending so much time out of your schedule for me. It meant a lot!
First I just want to tell you and I'm not trying to be patronizing but I have been very impressed with not only your skills as a talented surgeon but with the accessibility that you have allowed me in directly contacting you about my mother-in-law. You are definitely unique and it is very refreshing when it comes to how you interact with your patients/families. More Providers could learn alot from you and this comes from someone that has experience from interacting with Physicians/Specialists on a daily basis.
It has been two years since you saved my life. This short note cannot even begin to explain the gratitude you deserve and the trust you have earned. Words fail to describe the place in my heart that is yours. Thank you, your staff and the entire ninth floor for helping me heal. Thank you for everything, thanks for putting up with me. Your work is extremely important and I can only imagine the joy and sometimes heart break you must encounter daily. You have brought Patti, my family and me much delight. Again I cannot thank you enough. There is not a day passes without me thinking of you work and dedication. Although, everyday I try to make some body smile. I do this in your honor as I know of no other way to express my elation of extra time you have afforded mein this life. I hope you and your family the best.
Thank You So Very Much
B. and P.
Every day I am thankful you are my Physician! Thanks again for the clean, beautiful bladder, Cysto in April. Also, many thanks for inviting us to your first annual Bladder Cancer Survivor Conference. It was an excellent event --- extremely informative. And I am greatly impressed with your medical team!
I hope you have been doing well. I just completed my three-year CT Scan for the Leydig Cell Cancer in Houston and I was totally clean. You went above and beyond and helped me find the best treatment. The RPLND and the chemo treatments were the right decision in my case and I truly appreciate your help through all this. You made a difference in my life and I thank you so much!
I am thrilled that I am slowly reclaiming my life back and want to thank you for your immense contribution and care!!!
Just wanted to touch base with you regarding my mother-in-law...In case you don't remember her she is the 82 year old from ... with stage IV bladder cancer that you did a cystectomy on the beginning of this year. She is doing remarkably well and is back to doing some of the things she enjoys before being diagnosed with cancer . She has just finished her 6th round of Chemo and per her oncologist, she is doing extremely well especially for her age. She is putting weight back on and starting to look more like herself everyday.
In case you don't remember me, I am the annoying daughter-in-law that works in a Clinic who sent you numerous e-mails in which you graciously responded too.
We all realize that the surgery didn't cure her cancer but what it allowed for is more time in which to spend with her family and friends.
We are forever grateful for your efforts.
I hope this e-mail finds all is well with you and your family. It is because of your life's sacrifices and dedication to hone your extraordinary gifted talents, and yes along with those hands-of-magic, that saved the life of my wonderful wife Jeannette. Your sacrifices has allowed us, and many others, time to enjoy all that is life. I am in hopes that you have a moment to reflect on this e-mail from my heart to you, a very special human being.
- I just want to add - I am better than "relatively well" I feel better and am stronger than before the neobladder - still showing - a new puppy - and mowing the lawn - thank you again for such a SUCCESSFUL SURGERY. I'll never forget the day you came into my room at Anschutz and said those words.
I feel very well, Shandra. You are MY DOCTOR.....and I have big respect to your personality, because NONE of the doctors that my family met all these years are so devoted to the patients ....and the job....like you. Thank you one more time for the nice attitude that you had to me.....and for saving my kidneys .God bless you and your family.
I am the one who should be thanking you and your terrific surgical team. Your skills, knowledge and expertise have made a huge impact on my quality of life, for me and my family. I am sure there are many, many others who’ve had their lives improved as well thanks to you.
Shandra, we want to wish you and your family a very merry holiday season. With the children, it has to be special! L. and I think you are a true hero in our mixed up world. Without you, I don't know where L. would be. Your compassion and caring is unequaled. We are so fortunate to have had you and Paula to get us thru the tough times. We will ever be grateful.
I personally want to thank you so very much for the care and attention you have given to mom. After meeting with you at the end of last week, all of us knew that we had found the most exceptional person to help Mom in this difficult time. I remember her being a bit depressed when the reality and gravity of her situation set in. She said "Phooey, I'm not ready for this to be the end of the line." Something deep inside me knows that somehow, you helped divert the train from the dead-end track she was going down. Please don't ask me how or why I feel that way, but inside, I know that it was a divine appointment. Your genuine concern, straightforwardness, and willingness to make yourself available during a very busy time for you, brought comfort to all of us. You helped us find some peace in the midst of the chaotic reality because it seemed evident that your concern for her was real. Again, I thank you so much for all that you have done for all of us. Now, onward and upward!
Thank you so very much for taking my case! It's like you are a healing angel sent straight from God. I am in awe at what you were able to do for me - basically giving me a new life. I've already instituted changes in my lifestyle so that your wonderful work will not go to waste because of frivolous, selfish choices on my part.
I am looking forward to seeing you and I hope it won't be inappropriate to give you a hug and hopefully get a picture with you.
Also, kudos to your entire facility, especially the 11th floor nursing staff. Some of the nicest, and most patient and most compassionate people I've ever met. I could never ever do what they do - they treat people so lovingly and individually... and since that's where patients spend more of their time in hospital that's such a key piece in their overall experience.
Again, heartfelt thanks from me and my wife, Alayne, and my daughter, Kimber, for so masterfully operating on me. And, of course, this extends to the liver people and the others who were key members of the team which removed my kidney tumor.
God Bless You!
L. and I were chatting today at the memorial service for E. B.. I mentioned that we were on the "money trail" to endow your fellowship and he said that you were the best urologist that had had seen emerge in the last 30 years. What a wonderful professional accolade for you...
Good Morning Dr. Wilson, too many times in life People dont reach out to one another to tell them how thankful they are when you feel grateful that someone has done good for you. I am writing this letter telling you how thankful I am to you and your team for treating me. After the Pathologists report last week, I feel I can truly beat this Dreaded Disease. I look forward to meeting Dr. Elaine Lam again and getting this Chemotherapy started. Hope to see you then and continue to get your feedback
You just might win 'Email Person of the Year'.
So nice to see you also, yesterday. You answered all my questions and told me everything I needed to hear. Again, thank you for everything you and your team have done for me. We appreciate everything so much. You are one awesome lady!!
Your forever friend,
Hi Dr. Wilson,
My CT Scan was just completed at the University of Texas in Houston and after 4 years I am still cancer free from the Leydig Cell. Your skills as a surgeon and your personal commitment to helping me get the best possible treatment options will never be forgotten. I am forever thankful to you and the team at the University of Colorado Hospital for saving my life. Thank you again so much!
Thank you so much for responding to all my emails! Dr. E is going to schedule surgery to take the lump out and biopsy it. I greatly appreciate your advice and promptness, this poor guy has worked for us for years and it was nice to have a second opinion to give him from someone whom R trusts.
Also, thank you for being so prompt in getting back to my dad on his CT scan. He mentioned how nice it was to be able to attend his business trip without fretting the whole time about his results. You really are a professional and he and I both appreciate the care, and time you have given him.
It is not often you find someone with your expertise that is as kind hearted and prompt with their patients. He and I both really are impressed with ALL the help you have given our family!! It is professionals like you that give people in situations like my fathers, or A's, hope.
Thank you very much