Susan Dudek, APN
Susan received her Master's in Science from University of Illinois Chicago and national certification and Illinois licensure as an adult acute care nurse practitioner in 2008.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
Susan's husband, Shannon, is a local public school administrator. The bulk of her family is centered around the Canton area.
Hobbies / Interests:
"Shannon and I enjoy traveling around the United States on our Harley-Davidson." She, also, enjoys watching movies, playing board games and spending time with friends and family, particularly on or near a beach.
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
"...the ongoing research and treatment strategies to help either cure cancer or relieve symptoms is ever-changing. I'm fascinated by the resiliency of the human body and the persistence of the researchers to improve treatments."
Why did you choose your field?
"I may be one of the nurse practitioners the oncology/hematology patient sees primarily in the hospital setting. I chose to transition to oncology/hematology from an intensive care setting because this practice gives me the ability to care for a special population of patients that may still have underlying acute health issues or chronic health issues that I can help them manage and be that familiar face during a time of need."
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
"After the rush of emotions that surround the diagnosis...take a deep breath. When you open your eyes, you will "see" a wealth of people who are here to help you through some of the toughest times ahead. There are wonderful resources available. Use them. Ask questions. You are in charge of, not only, your life but your health."