It was so easy to put off—but it was a dire mistake. I had not had a mammogram in six years. Breast cancer does not run in my family so I mistakenly presumed I didn't have anything to worry about. I've come to find out this is all-too-common among women; it took my dear friend Donna Luman mentioning her own recent mammogram and insisting I get one too to finally convince me to go. Within just a handful of days, I went from a mammogram to a biopsy to a lumpectomy that ultimately revealed I was in the early stages of breast cancer.
Gynecologic cancer care for women beginning treatment is unique to each person. Treatment can vary and can include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and other necessary options to fight the disease effectively. When we hear the phrase “cancer care,” it may be assumed that care is, most importantly, given to the body but there are additional ways to ensure that women fight back against cancer and beat the disease.