The Compass Fall 2023

FALL 2023
Colette Dishman battled her hidden cancer with the help of a dedicated team at Baylor Scott & White Health .

Hard-to-Stomach Diagnosis

olette was fed up . Digestive issues continued to plague her , and she felt like she wasn ’ t getting the attention she needed to provide her relief . At the urging of her husband , John , Colette began seeing a gastroenterologist , who suggested an endoscopy for Colette . The doctor called just a few days after Colette ’ s test in March 2022 to ask that she and John come into the office that same day . What could have just appeared to be gastritis was something her doctor found unusual : “ A hard part about the size of your fingernail ,” Colette recalled . “ She said it was cancer .”
John , a retired business executive ,
Surgeon Marc Ward , MD , made a lasting impression on the Dishmans with his relentless dedication to Colette ’ s care conducted extensive research to find his wife what he felt was the best care available . On April 5 , 2022 , the couple met with Marc Ward , MD , a surgeon on the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center , to talk about next steps for treatment of her adenocarcinoma . The doctor explained that the tests showed it was locally advanced . He recommended removal of Colette ’ s stomach , and subsequent reconstruction of a pouch that would function similarly to her stomach .
The doctor proposed removing her stomach laparoscopically , using only small incisions , so that she would have a quicker recovery following the surgery .
With a goal of providing Colette the treatment she needed quickly , her surgeon began making calls to additional specialists at Baylor Scott & White — including oncologists — while he was sitting in the exam room with the couple . The urgency with which everyone , including her surgeon , reacted gave the Dishmans solace in the face of a frightening diagnosis .
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2 From the President
8 From the Chair
In Memoriam
Dr . William C . Roberts
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