Smilow Cancer Hospital created a special unit that provides outpatient treatment services exclusively for women.
Shortly after Smilow Cancer Hospital opened in 2009, two previously separate outpatient programs caring for women with cancer were merged. Today, the Women's Cancer Center, located in a modern, spacious unit on Smilow's first floor, offers chemotherapy and radiation treatment for women with breast cancer and gynecologic cancers. For Jennifer Pyle, RN, OCN, the center represents Yale-New Haven's — and her own — commitment to pioneering cancer care.
Dedicated to Women with Breast Cancer and GYN Cancers
"I've seen some amazing advances in chemotherapy over the years," says Jennifer, an oncology-certified nurse who is one of seven nurses who administer chemo treatments and oversee other patient services. "I was here when they were doing clinical trials on a drug we now use every day."
On a typical day in the outpatient unit, Jennifer will greet her patients after they've visited with their physician and escort them into the 16-chair "infusion" area where the chemotherapy takes place. Although each patient's regimen differs, she sees many of them regularly. "I've always enjoyed establishing long-term relationships with patients and their families," says Jennifer, whose role also includes educating patients about chemotherapy. She understands that professional boundaries must be maintained between her and patients, "but personally there are some whom I've let into my life and they've let me into theirs. That's human nature. Many of the women are my age, so I can relate to their struggles."
Taking Pride in Smilow
"It's exciting to be part of the exponential growth in cancer care at Yale-New Haven," Jennifer states. "The opening of Smilow has made accessing our services easier for patients, which makes my job all the more rewarding."