Breast Cancer Stories

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer. Mammograms can detect breast cancer early, possibly before it has spread. (National Cancer Institute)

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Breast Cancer Oncologist

• Name: Dr. Doug Blayney
• Specialty:
Breast cancer
• Experience: 30 years
• Hospital: Stanford Medical
• Hospital size:
Large private institution

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HER2-Positive, Stage II

• Name: Genoa Martell
• Cancer details: HER2-positive tend to be more aggressive than HER2-negative cases
• 1st Symptoms: Nausea
• Treatment: Chemotherapy, radiation

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Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage IB

• Name: Rachel Yasui
• Cancer details: IDC is most common kind of breast cancer. Stage 1B.
• 1st Symptoms: None, caught by delayed mammogram
• Treatment: Double mastectomy, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, hormone therapy (Tamoxifen)

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Triple Positive, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage IIA

• Name: Doreen DiSalvo
• Cancer details: IDC is most common kind of breast cancer. Triple positive = positive for HER2, estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR)
• 1st Symptoms: Lump in left breast
• Treatment: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (TCHP), lumpectomy, radiation

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Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, Stage IIB

• Name: Margaret Abe-Koga
• Cancer details: IDC is most common kind of breast cancer. DCIS = cancer has not spread into surrounding breast tissue
• 1st Symptoms: Pain in left breast, left nipple inverting
• Treatment: Double mastectomy, chemotherapy (AC-T), Radiation

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Triple Negative, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage IIB

• Name: Melissa Humphrey
• Cancer details: Triple negative doesn’t have any receptors commonly found in breast cancer making it harder to treat; pregnant while undergoing treatment
• 1st Symptoms: Lump in left breast (growing during breastfeeding)
• Treatment: Mastectomy, chemotherapy, 2nd mastectomy