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Jean's Story

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RivielloJean Riviello, 83, of Ocean City, NJ had been treated for COPD by Temple Lung Center, and in 2006, following a routine CAT scan; nodules were found on her lungs. Jean opted to watch if the nodules spread. “We watched them for five years and then in 2011 I went for another routine CAT scan and it showed up that there was a malignancy,” Jean recalls.

In 2011 I went for another routine CAT scan and it showed up that there was a malignancy.

- Jean

Jean began further treatment with Gerald J. Criner, MD, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at Temple Lung Center. “More tests were done and Dr. Criner said a wedge needed to be cut out of my lung. It was major surgery. Jean’s cardiothoracic surgeon performed the surgery, and it was indeed cancer. Dr. Criner determined additional treatment was not needed,” Jean continues.

Then, in 2013, an infection developed in Jean’s right lung. “Dr. Criner took care of this too. I’m on antibiotics and I haven’t had a recurrence since,” she says.

Jean’s care is still managed by Dr. Criner. “He’s just such a wonderful doctor,” Jean says. “Dr. Criner is very caring, very knowledgeable, and I have had a wonderful experience with him at Temple Lung Center. Dr. Criner just cares just about you. I can’t say enough positive things about Temple Lung Center. They saved my life more than once. And I’m very thankful for that.”

Jean and her husband, Jim, have been married for 60 years. She shares that she feels the secret to a happy marriage is respecting each other. They are parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, and because of her care from Temple Lung Center, Jean is able to embrace time with her family. She said not a day goes by where she doesn’t feel gratitude to Dr. Criner and the entire team of Temple Lung Center. “I’m here today to tell you about the wonderful experiences I had with the Temple Lung Center through years,” she says. “Dr. Criner is something very rare and wonderful. He’s a very special man. And I would recommend that anyone trust their life in his hands.”