Friday, August 29, 2014 on the Achieve Accelerated Results Radio Program, hosted by Jennifer Bagley, Jennifer welcomed her special guests, Bruce Cheatham, COO with Avcor Health, and Dr. Stanley Franklin, Medical Director of Lewisville Gynecology to discuss the topic of Susan G. Koman and Breast Cancer Awareness.
Susan G. Koman had everything going for her, she was beautiful, kind and loving. She was the star of Peoria, Illinois—the high school homecoming queen, and the college beauty queen. After college Susan got a job modeling locally, and eventually married her college sweetheart. Then it happened. Susan’s doctor had found a lump in her breast that was not a cyst. He recommended a biopsy to see if cancer cells were present. The test results? At the age of 33, Susan had breast cancer.
When Susan first received the cancer report, she had no pain (there is rarely any pain associated with breast cancer in its early stages). Because she had no prior knowledge of cancer, Susan opted for no treatment. She was adamant against having a mastectomy.
A surgeon was called in to review Susan’s case. The surgeon suggested performing a subcutaneous mastectomy, a procedure in which the outside of the breast is left intact, but an incision is made and the breast tissue is removed. He would then do an implant ten days later. Suzy would be left with a small scar but no more cancer. She felt it was her best option.
After the surgery, the surgeon told the family, “You can relax, we got it all. I believe she’s cured.”
For the next five months or so, Susan felt pretty good. She was convinced she was cured. But before six months had gone by, Susan found another lump under her arm. Despite everyone’s optimism her cancer had spread.
Susan went to the Mayo Clinic, where she was told her cancer had spread to her lung and under her arm. There was a tumor the size of a quarter in the upper part of her right lung and suspicious shadows elsewhere. Their recommendation was 30 days of radiation and then to “watch it.”
The doctors at Mayo suggested she receive radiation therapy, but it was not successful in slowing her cancer. Susan decided to seek treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. When she arrived, she was a Stage IV cancer patient. This means that the disease had spread to other organs in her body and was still growing.
Her doctor’s approach to the disease was an aggressive one. Thus began a season of chemotherapy. The problem with chemotherapy is it doesn’t know the difference between the good guys and the bad guys, so a lot of important healthy cells are killed in the process, including the cells of the stomach lining and hair roots. It is often accompanied by nausea, mouth sores, hair thinning, and sometimes total hair loss. Susan experienced all of that and more.
For about fifteen months, the doctors were successful in slowing down the spread of the cancer. But then the disease started to rage inside her once again. Susan began a perilous and painful downhill battle. There was more surgery and chemotherapy, but by now her body had built up a resistance to the drugs. Her cancer was out of control; it broke through the skin, resulting in sores all over her chest.
After she was released from the hospital, Susan expressed to her sister her desire to do something to help women in similar circumstances. But she never had the opportunity to see those desires fulfilled. After nine operations, three courses of chemotherapy and radiation, Susan lost her three-year war with breast cancer.
Susan’s sister, Nancy G. Brinker, had promised her sister she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen has invested more than $2.5 billion to fulfill that promise, working to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries.
Progress in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
Avcor is the premier developer, manufacturer, and marketer of premium compression dressings, thermal compression bandages, and I.V. Aids used in the institutional and consumer/retail healthcare markets. Avcor Health is proud to be a supporter of the Susan G. Koman Foundation and offer a 10% donation on the annual sales of their pink products or a $25,000 aggregate minimal donation/year. Avcor Health takes their support to another level in growing breast cancer awareness by using their pink products as a tool to educate, remind and recruit supporters for this great cause for women. Bruce Cheatham, COO will be a special guest for the show to represent Avcor Health’s incentive and message.
Dr. Franklin, is a board certified gynecologist and he discusses with Jennifer the importance of well women visits, prevention, genetic testing, physician follow up appointments and optimal diagnostic testing as important steps for the fight against breast cancer and improving breast cancer awareness.
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