Doreen L. Link, APN
Doreen received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Park College in Chicago, IL and her Masters of Science in Oncology Nursing from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. She also has her Adult Nurse Practitioner Degree from North Park University in Chicago, IL.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
She is married with two children - a daughter who is a freshman in college and a son in sixth grade.
Hobbies / Interests:
I enjoy music, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
The development of anti-nausea medication has changed how we give chemotherapy and how patients tolerate it. Thirty years ago most of the chemotherapy was given in the hospital because patients were so sick during the actual treatment. We gave much of the chemotherapy late in the evening hoping that patients could sleep through their nausea with a sleeping pill and an intramuscular injection of an anti-nausea medication. They didn’t. They became quite ill, sometimes choosing to stop treatment all together because they couldn’t tolerate the nausea and vomiting. With the discovery of Lorazepam and Ondansetron much of the chemotherapy could be given outpatient and patients’ tolerance of treatments improved greatly.
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
I chose to work for Illinois CancerCare because I was impressed with the dedication of the practice to participate in the latest cancer research Trials. All advancements in oncology have been because of research. It was important for me to work for someone that actively pursued advancing the treatment of cancer patients. I also noticed how everyone associated with the practice was dedicated to helping take care of each cancer patient as an individual. I value that type of commitment to patient care and wanted to be an integral part of such a quality, patient-centered organization.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
Think positively and expect to do well with your treatment, knowing that some adjustment of anti-nausea or other support medication may be necessary. Also, work with your cancer care provider team to help you through this challenging time in your life. All of us at Illinois CancerCare have chosen to work in oncology. We are here because we want to be---we want to be of assistance to you and your family.