Tammy Daily, APN
Tammy received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing and she received her Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Medical Surgical in 2009.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
Tammy is married to her husband, Chuck. Her daughter, Heather and son-in-law, Ryan, have one son, Ryder. She also has a stepson, Tyler and son Zachary who is in heaven.
Hobbies / Interests:
“I enjoy flower gardening, reading, working out, motorcycle travels and my grandchildren.”
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
“I have seen changes in anti-emetics because I have worked in oncology for 25 years and remember nausea and vomiting before 5HT3 receptor antagonists. Also, there have been changes in a number of therapies including targeted therapy, growth factors, and different combined therapies; and now immunotherapy.”
Why did you choose your field?
“Over thirty years ago, I decided to try a different type of nursing on a new oncology unit opening and loved the patient care and interactions. I enjoy the continued learning with new therapies, supportive care and evidence based practice. The patients I meet continue to inspire and I feel blessed to participate in their care.”
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
“To appreciate the help others want to provide with their stories, but to remember each treatment may be different, individuals are different in reaction and response to treatment and treatments have changed over the years as well as management of side effects. Always communicate with your health care provider any questions or concerns.”