Breast Cancer Survivor Praises Scripps Doctors

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True to her name, Luz Villafana lights up a room with her optimism and bravery. The breast cancer survivor, whose first name is Spanish for “light,” has made it her mission to speak out about the exceptional care at Scripps, praising her personalized treatment.

“I am so very, very grateful to my Scripps care team,” says Luz, whose last radiation treatment was in August 2011. “They treated me with such compassion and caring. I met with them before I ever received treatment and got to know them on a more personal level. This personal touch diminished my anxiety tremendously, and I believe it helped my healing process.”

Luz looks at all her health care providers, including surgeon Arthur Sanford, MD; oncologist Joan Kroener, MD; and radiologist Ray Lin, MD, as well as the volunteers who provided tea and coffee in the waiting room, as her personal cheerleaders, inspiring her to regain her health.

The Escondido resident received radiation treatments every day for seven weeks, driving from her home to Scripps Green in La Jolla.

Luz is thrilled that Scripps patients will receive care at the state-of-the-art Scripps Radiation Therapy Center.

“Scripps is one of the best in the nation and now has the best radiation facility to treat cancer,” says Luz. “We are so lucky to have such dedication and skill right here in our own city.”