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Valley Gives Cancer a Swift Kick Goodbye


It’s springtime, and that brings on the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of children playing outdoors, and for some, an onslaught of spring sports equipment.  For John Preolo, a soccer coach and father of 10- and 16-year old boys, this season is particularly welcomed as he recounts his recent health scare.  

“It was a stroke of luck that the cancer was found so early.” John reflects. “Just goes to show that you really need to take care of yourself and get checked out regularly.” 

As a Valley employee for the past 14 years, John has made a concerted effort to adhere to Valley Health System’s culture of staying healthy and maintaining good health. Valley’s Center for Heart Health offers a free Cardiac Screening to all men and women between the ages of 20 and 79, and it was because of this 45-minute consultation that Leanne Scaglione, R.N., M.S.N., A.P.N.-B.C. discovered a very small nodule on John’s thyroid.

“It was almost undetectable in a physical examination thyroid palpation test — almost.” John recalls.
Leanne was confident she felt something, and urgently insisted that John go for further tests. John followed her advice: The sonogram indicated that indeed there were three small nodules on his thyroid.  Because these nodules grew over the next few months, his team probed further into their composition and found evidence of thyroid cancer.  John’s care team scheduled surgery immediately, and fortunately, the thyroidectomy removed all evidence of the disease.  He was given a clean bill of health last October.

The kind of comprehensive care John received is the same level of care provided to all Valley patients. Because of keen observation, vigilant surveillance, and surgical expertise by Valley’s staff, this spring John is again coaching soccer and spending time with his family.