It Took a Back Seat.
Eileen Lampert was initially diligent about getting a mammogram, but—as happens far too often—mammograms took a back seat to other things in life. She had just moved to Dayton from Florida to be with her daughters. Among contending with hurricanes, her younger daughter's marriage and the birth of a grandchild, it had been five years since Eileen had had a mammogram.
After discovering a lump in her left breast, Eileen ignored it, thinking it was a blocked milk duct. But, the lump began to grow. She went to see Dr. Stanley Jenkins of the Miami Valley Hospital Cancer Center. A biopsy confirmed that Eileen had a malignant tumor that had been growing for two years.
Suddenly, panic set in. Eileen's mother and sister had both been through breast cancer. Her mother's cancer was not diagnosed for two years, and she died soon after starting treatment. And now Eileen—still in her 50s—found herself in what appeared to be the same place.
Dr. Jenkins immediately referred Eileen to a team of cancer care specialists including a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and—in particular—Amy McKenna, one of Miami Valley Hospital's breast cancer coordinators. In addition to helping oncology patients plan their care and getting all the information needed to make decisions, Amy helps patients deal with the emotional aspects of cancer.
Eileen's father died of lung cancer, and his experience with chemotherapy had been horrible. Amy went over options, including new drugs with fewer side effects. After treatment, Eileen's tumor began shrinking, and she only felt sick twice.
After the tumor shrunk, Eileen had a double mastectomy. She credits Amy with her new attitude. Eileen was thankful to have had the support of daughters and a granddaughter living nearby.