We captured a conversation with SCCA patients Teri Pollastro and Lynda Weatherby about living with metastatic breast cancer. Hear their thoughts about patient advocacy and metastatic breast cancer statistics below. You can also read a profile of Pollastro and Weatherby, who coordinate the annual Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.
How do you thank someone for saving your life? Ellen Nottingham has had two years to ponder that question.
Diagnosed in the spring of 2016 with acute myeloid leukemia at a large hospital in Seattle, Nottingham was told by a team of three doctors that she had two weeks to live. One of them remained in the room after the other two left and offered a different option, saying quietly, “You could go to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and see if they have a clinical trial you could join.”
Jamie Froman had been suffering stomach pains for six months when his physician sent him for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. The endoscopy revealed duodenal cancer, an aggressive form of colorectal cancer — yet a routine colonoscopy at age 40 had showed no signs of trouble. “It was metastatic from the get-go, so that was a big shock,” he says.