PGC CO-CEO SUSAN CARY-HANSON SHARES HER BREAST CANCER STORY
PGC’s co-CEO Susan Cary-Hanson is a five-year breast cancer survivor. To mark this milestone, Susan asked to share her story on the PGC blog. She hopes her experience helps other women diagnosed with breast cancer on their journeys.
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I found the tumor myself on June 6, 2013. I was fortunate to have discovered it at an early stage. A biopsy found that the cancer cells were HER 2+, an aggressive form of cancer. Breast Cancer affects one in eight women. This meant I had a longer treatment journey ahead of me than many other cancer survivors.
During my treatment, I had two lumpectomies, 18 weeks of chemotherapy, 33 radiation treatments, and 13 months of medication. While treatment was certainly no picnic, I’m grateful for the aggressive treatment plan my oncologist designed for me. My type of cancer had a 25% chance of reoccurring within the first three years after diagnosis I’m grateful to be cancer-free for five years.
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