Cancer Center

Amy

“One of the things I love most about my job is how close I get with my patients throughout their journey,” says Amy Schippers, PA-C. “I love bonding with my patients and getting to know them – I think that relationship has such a positive impact on their health.”

Undergoing cancer treatment is rarely easy. Along with the physical pain and sickness, patients often battle feelings of hopelessness, fear and anxiety. But Amy Schippers, PA-C, aims to change that for her patients at St. Luke’s Cancer Center. In addition to providing high quality care for her patients, Amy’s goal is to bring hope and comfort to everyone she meets. “She is a doll,” describes 77-year- old melanoma survivor, Veronica DaSilva. “Every time I go to the office, she greets me with hugs and tells me how great I look; she always lifts my self-esteem, even if I’m not feeling my best.”

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Amy, originally from Kutztown, became interested in helping cancer patients when she watched her mom lovingly take care of Amy’s grandfather who was battling lung cancer. Even at age 9, Amy could see the courageousness with which her grandfather fought and the difference her mother made by caring for him.

As a physician assistant at St. Luke’s Cancer Center, Amy can prescribe medications and treat patients under the supervision of the physicians on staff. She sees new and existing patients and works directly with oncology doctors like Sanjiv Agarwala, MD, Chief of Medical Oncology & Hematology.

Amy and Dr. Agarwala mainly see skin cancer patients, many of whom have melanoma, which she says can be very aggressive, even sneaky in that it can reappear years later. So, Amy and her team continuously monitor for recurrence and educate patients about ongoing prevention to keep them cancer-free. “Our goal is to get patients healthy, but also to keep them healthy,” says Amy. “That means using the latest clinical trials and newest treatment options, many of which aren’t offered anywhere else in the region.”

That balance between leading-edge treatment options and personalized care is what makes St. Luke’s Cancer Center unique and what Amy feels is the key to a patient’s outcome. “One of the things I love most about my job is how close I get with my patients throughout their journey - from diagnosis, treatment and then follow ups and check ins; I work to ensure their continued health,” says Amy. “I love bonding with my patients and getting to know them, so our interactions become more like friends or family - I think that relationship has such a positive impact on their health.”

Amy likes to communicate the importance of skin cancer prevention to patients, their families and the community. “Most of the skin damage that results in skin cancer occurs before the age of 18,” explains Amy. “So while that may not be relevant for most of the adults I treat, I try to stress it to all the parents I interact with so they can protect their children. The less sunburns your child experiences, the better, so always make sure to apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) several times a day when outdoors for long periods of time.”

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