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October 22, 2018

Mammogram was Life-Saver

By uclahealth

Mammogram was Life-Saver“Waiting for my biopsy results was the longest 10 days,” says 44-year-old Brenda Palacios, who was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in March of 2017. “I had been getting yearly mammograms since I was 40, so they detected it on time. When I went to Dr. Deanna Attai’s office, she had a written breakdown, and I was able to visualize everything she was talking about. I started chemotherapy first, as opposed to a mastectomy, so they could shrink my tumor and then, hopefully, I would just need a lumpectomy. I walked out of her office and it was a sigh of relief. I expected the worst, but when I left it was like, ‘Okay, I can do this.’ So I did six rounds of chemo and the tumor was gone for the lumpectomy. I had another six months of chemotherapy because of the HER2-positive cells, and finished everything in April of 2018. I’m feeling better every day and I’m so blessed. I try to spread the word as much as I can, get your mammogram. I’m active, I’m healthy; breast cancer can happen to anybody. A mammogram can save your life.”

Tags: biopsy, breast cancer, cancer, chemo, chemotherapy, Dr. Deanna Attai, featured, HER2-positive cells, HER2+, lumpectomy, mammograms, mastectomy, patient story, Patient Story, stage 1 breast cancer, tumor

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