Maja was living with a rare lung disease when she received an endometrial cancer diagnosis in 2021. A successful surgery eliminated the visible endometrial cancer from her body, but it also revealed cancerous cells in Maja’s bladder.
Following her surgery, Dr. Thomas Herzog, Maja’s gynecologic oncologist, recommended additional chemotherapy to eradicate any remaining undetected endometrial cancer cells—he also referred her to Dr. Abhinav Sidana, urologic oncologist and surgeon, for help with her noninvasive-bladder-cancer.
“Because of my existing lung condition, each step in my cancer journey has to be taken with extreme carefulness,” says Maja. “Dr. Herzog, the anesthesiologists, the pharmacists, Dr. Sidana, the nurses—my entire care team at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center—understood my complex medical history and took the time to walk me through my options and help me think through the best decisions for me.”
Given her lung condition, Maja was afraid her body could not handle the harsh realities of more treatment—which would include chemotherapy and brachytherapy radiation. Luckily, she chose the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center as her trusted partner. Throughout her treatments, she experienced how a collaborative, supportive care team and integrative health therapies helped strengthen her body for her remaining treatments so she could return to her life.