PATIENT STORY

For Kevin Lee, Being Cancer Free Means a Return to His Life’s Mission

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee worked in the fine jewelry industry for 27 years before immigrating to the United States from South Korea in the mid-1980s. Since then, Lee has dealt with myriad health issues and has had a number of tumors detected in his body, prompting 10 surgeries.

In May of 2017, Lee received a diagnosis of bile duct cancer — one more in a long line of challenging news he’s gotten from doctors over the years. At this point in his life, Lee was extremely hesitant at the thought of more treatment and another surgery.

His mindset changed when he met his surgeon, Steven Brower, MD, at The Lefcourt Family Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at Englewood Health. Lee describes Dr. Brower as a humble man, with a confidence that put him at ease during some of the toughest moments.

After surgery, Lee decided to change up his lifestyle and begin a diet and exercise regimen that allowed him to gain strength.

In July of 2018, Lee came back to Englewood Health for a CT and MRI. When the results came back, he got his first piece of good news in a long time: the results were finally clean with no cancer cells remaining. These days Lee is a little less focused on his survival and is able to focus on the things he loves, including teaching gospel and studying for an upcoming mission trip to Kenya.

For Korean patients who seek care at Englewood Health, the Center for Korean Health and Wellness is an invaluable resource. The center, staffed by Korean-speaking staff, provides patient support and services to meet the health care needs of the growing Korean-American community in New Jersey, especially for patients who may have special language or cultural needs.

“Even for long-time residents of the United States, like Mr. Lee, it helps to have the support of people who know the language and culture,” says Jina Kang, patient navigator in the Center for Korean Health and Wellness. The center also offers free education and support programs for the Korean community throughout the year, including many activities for health issues of particular concern to Koreans, such as hepatitis, liver cancer, and other cancers.

Posted January 4, 2019