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“Every time we walk through the entrance of Sylvester, we feel so safe, so secure, like we are with family.”


Anthony Jewell Esophageal Cancer Survivor


Finding out you or a loved one has cancer can be an overwhelming and terrifying experience. In addition to


being scared, patients are unsure of what to do next, which specialists they need to see, and how to go about the daunting process. Anthony and Karen Jewell experienced this first-hand when


Anthony’s doctor confirmed, “The news is not good: you have a tumor in your esophagus. It will be a long road, but it is treatable and survivable.” To help patients navigate this treacherous road, Sylvester established


the Ask for Ana program, which enables new patients to access Ana Espinosa, D.N.P., R.N., and her team of cancer care coordinators with just one phone call. In the Jewells’ case, nurse coordinator Heleven Delgado, R.N., immediately put them at ease as she arranged Anthony’s first consultation with surgeon Alan Livingstone, M.D., Lucille and DeWitt Daughtry professor and chairman of Surgery, and oncologist, Bach Ardalan, M.D., professor of medicine. The Jewells are effusive about the Ask for Ana team’s efficiency, professionalism, and caring nature. “Being involved in the Ask for Ana program has been such a rewarding experience. It has made us both feel encompassed, comforted and encouraged,” say the Jewells, who are filled with optimism and strength.


“Every time we walk through the entrance of Sylvester, we feel so safe, so secure, like we are with family.” Following chemotherapy, Anthony is recovering from a successful


surgery. THE MAGAZINE OF SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER 9


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ASK FOR Ana Espinosa (right) meets


Anthony and Karen Jewell at the entrance of Sylvester to direct them to Anthony’s appointment with Dr. Bach Ardalan.


To make a first appointment with a Sylvester cancer specialist, call 305-243-5302 or 877-243-1056 and “Ask for Ana.”


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