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)


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


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)

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


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