Meet Lynn: How Grand Rounds Became Her Biggest Advocate — From Cancer Diagnosis to Remission

By Shelby Parks
March 7, 2018

Hearing and sharing our members’ health care stories is a distinct honor. Their personal experiences perfectly illustrate the complexities of navigating the system and the many variables that impact outcomes—whether it’s geographic location or the specific medical condition they face. And while the journey is different for everyone, there’s one thread that remains consistent: Expert medical guidance makes all of the difference, and at the end of the day, we all just want to feel better and live our best lives.

Three years ago, Lynn was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in her right breast. She went through a lumpectomy followed by radiation and had been monitored since that time with mammograms and breast MRIs. All of her results came back normal until this past August when she had an MRI that showed an abnormality on her sternum.

Following this MRI, Lynn had a bone scan and then met with her oncologist who recommended coming back for additional testing in two to six months. Lynn left the appointment feeling very uncertain and uneasy about her oncologist’s recommendation. At that same time, she remembered about Grand Rounds, a free benefit offered by her employer.

Grand Rounds sent Lynn’s MRIs and reports to Dr. Keith Hentel, an expert in radiology at Weill Cornell Medical Center. After reviewing Lynn’s images and history, Dr. Hentel recommended an MRI of the thoracic and lumbar spine. Just days after the MRI, Lynn received her results: she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

Following the diagnosis, Grand Rounds matched Lynn with a new high-quality local oncologist who specializes in her specific cancer, and she continues to be seen by one of the top oncologists in the country. Together these physicians, along with Grand Rounds, continue to guide Lynn to the best treatment possible and support her every step of the way.

In Lynn’s words, “it’s thanks to Grand Rounds for identifying my cancer when they did and for getting me in to see the top specialists that I can now say I am in complete remission and that is nothing short of a miracle.”

At Grand Rounds, we’re honored to work with the world’s leading employers and to support their tireless efforts to progress employee well-being by helping millions of people, like Lynn, through every health journey both big and small.

Meet Lynn and learn more about her Grand Rounds story in the video below:

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Shelby Parks

Shelby Parks

Shelby is the Corporate Relations Manager at Grand Rounds. She is passionate about making an impact on others' lives through high-quality and accessible health care. Shelby attended the University of Southern California where she earned degrees in Public Relations and Public Health.