As the anesthetic wore off, the doctor looked at me and said, “We found a tumor and we think it’s cancer.” I struggled to make sense of that nightmarish phrase and even yearned to be put back under. I was terrified and uncertain about what the coming months would bring as a 36-year-old with a new diagnosis of colon cancer.
Allied Health Professional Guest Writer
Hematology–Oncology Fellowship Program at William Beaumont Hospital
Theresa Marcus is the Education Program Coordinator for the Hematology–Oncology Fellowship Program at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. She also serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Hematology-Oncology Department Chair: Ishmael Jaiyesimi, DO. Theresa is certified by the Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education (TAGME) and was on the task force that created the coordinator exam for certification in Hematology–Oncology. She was one of the first of four coordinators to take the exam and become nationally certified. She has been a coordinator in the fellowship program since 2002 and was instrumental in the process of expanding the fellowship program in 2008 from a Medical Oncology program only to a combined Hematology and Oncology fellowship program. Currently, Theresa is a member of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Coordinator Committee, the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine (APDIM), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).