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Successful Lung Surgery Eliminates Cancer Threat

PPurdyWhen Patricia Purdy of Westfield developed pain on the right side of her body, she figured that it wouldn’t hurt to get it checked out by her primary care physician, Dr. Gary Jacobsen of Baystate Noble Primary Care in Feeding Hills. Dr. Jacobsen ordered an immediate X-ray.

News No Patient Wants to Hear

“On that X-ray they caught something that they knew needed to be photographed again, so they sent me back for another CT scan of the chest. That’s when they saw the nodule in the lower left lung,” Patricia said.

It is news that no patient ever wants to hear, especially Patricia. She already survived stage four colon cancer. Dr. Jacobsen recommended that Patricia be treated by Dr. Rose Ganim, a thoracic surgeon at Baystate Medical Center.


Dr. Ganim examined the scans and determined that the safest course of action would be to completely remove the nodule.

“They removed the nodule and that section of the lung,” Patricia said. “She went in and used a lathroscopic procedure to make the three incisions.”

Patricia says that the procedure was successful – the nodule was completely removed, and she does not need any further treatments.

“As far as the recovery and the operation and everything, it went very well,” she said. “I received wonderful care. Baystate is great, the nurses were wonderful, got me up and walking around.”


Patricia’s recovery from the procedure went well, and she is thankful that Dr. Ganim was able to completely remove the nodule in one procedure. She says Dr. Ganim’s team made a scary experience much less stressful, from the pre-operation process to the healing phase.

“The nurses, the doctors, the whole Baystate Health system is very very good. I know there is an awful lot of people that aren’t seen that run the basics. You have your health food services, they came up to me and talked about my diet and what I’d like to eat,” Patricia said. “You have your housekeeping services. You never see them but they keep it sparking clean. The whole process-when you check-in, the people are always open and friendly. They very professional, get done what they need to get done, and I appreciate that.”

Most importantly, Patricia appreciates a clean bill of health and a return to her normal routine at her family’s home in Westfield.