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The number of women in the U.S., 1 in 8, who will develop
breast cancer in her lifetime.

Webinar Recording: Advancements in Breast Cancer Care

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Breast cancer care is continuously evolving and for many women, it is no longer a question of “if” they will survive breast cancer – but of “how” they want to live after surviving breast cancer.

Yarrow McConnell, MD, FACS, breast care specialist and surgical oncologist, along with Alexander Bagley, MD, PhD, radiation oncologist, discuss the role of genetics, and innovations in surgery and radiation, in helping breast cancer survivors achieve longer, healthier lives.

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Maria Diaz Breast Cancer Survivor

“You have to choose life. To make the decision to fight and never give up,” said Maria Diaz of Corvallis when asked what advice she has for others facing a cancer diagnosis.

In early 2020, Diaz began her normal daily routine. Wake up, get ready, head to work. On this day though, while applying deodorant, Diaz felt a hard lump in her left armpit. Not experiencing any pain or sickness, she continued as usual.

Some time had passed, and still not experiencing discomfort, Diaz went to see her family doctor. Further testing confirmed she had locally advanced breast cancer, stage IIIB. Specifically, triple positive invasive ductal carcinoma. 

Diaz underwent chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy.

As a cancer survivor, Diaz is grateful for family, her care team and God for giving her another life to live.

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Sonia Graham, Breast Cancer Survivor

You have cancer, cancer doesn’t have you!” said Sonia Graham of Newport.

A large lump in her left breast was discovered during a routine self-exam. After a mammogram and further testing, in March 2020, Graham was diagnosed with clinical stage 2 left breast cancer, an invasive lobular cancer that had metastasized to the lymph node.

Graham underwent 16 rounds of chemotherapy to help shrink the tumor, followed by a lumpectomy and then a complete lymph node dissection.

When cancer was still detected during a follow-up biopsy, radiation therapy — 33 rounds — was the next recommended course of treatment.

Today, Graham is now well into remission and joyously celebrates her survivorship.

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Jeanette Campagna, Breast Cancer Survivor

"Never take life for granted - you only have one!” said Jeanette Campagna of Florence.

Following a routine mammogram in November 2019, Campagna was diagnosed with clinical stage 1 estrogen positive breast cancer, an invasive ductal carcinoma.

Further biopsy determined that three of the four tumors in various quadrants of the breast were positive, leaving Campagna with only one option, a total left breast mastectomy.

Despite the trying circumstances Campagna faced in her cancer journey, she is now thriving as a breast cancer survivor and proudly celebrates being cancer-free.

Concerned about the cost related to breast cancer screenings? Contact a Samaritan Cancer Resource Center to learn about financial assistance options. 

Call:
541-768-2171 or 541-812-5888