For women healing from breast cancer surgery, there may be no one who understands their state of mind better than Karen Bierwagen, the lead mastectomy fitter at Shine, the retail store in South Lake Union operated by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
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.
Metta Barden received her annual mammogram screening earlier this month at the SCCA Mammogram Van.
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an opportunity to remind women who find it challenging to schedule their annual mammogram that there are multiple ways to access mammography at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Make an appointment at the main clinic in South Lake Union or take advantage of the convenience of SCCA’s Mammogram Van, which travels around King County and offers the same quality of care as the clinic.
In 2012, Alan Herr, a cancer researcher, engaged in some macabre humor with his colleagues when he noticed his voice getting raspy and a gurgling sensation as he breathed. “That could be lung cancer,” he joked with his fellow scientists at the University of Washington, compressing air into his lungs then breathing out to show them the odd sound his breathing made.
Research has given me my life back. I have always felt that for someone like me — considered incurable — to get a miracle with modern medicine, it would come in the form of participating in a clinical trial. To beat the odds, I would have to do something different.