Patient Stories



A Drive to Survive

Born and raised in Lynnfield, Sylvia Venuti was on a regular visit to see her primary care physician. NSMC’s Elysia Griswold,M.D. noticed that Venuti’s glands were swollen and red. After a dose of antibiotics didn’t clear things up, Dr. Griswold referred her to Charles Leidner,M.D., an otolaryngology specialist at NSMC. “He took one look at my throat and said, ‘Sylvia, there’s a chance you might have tonsil cancer. We need to do a biopsy right away to find out for sure.’

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