• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Envisioning a future without breast cancer

October 7, 2018

breast cancer patient Stacy Hanson with her daughter outside house by front doorWith coordinated care from a multidisciplinary team and participation in a research clinical trial, Stacy Hanson is successfully combating a daunting breast cancer diagnosis.

When Stacy Hanson learned she was pregnant at 43, she was thrilled. But just after her daughter turned 2, she got news no mom wants to hear. She had breast cancer.

Stacy remembers the day she found the lump. It was in July 2014. Stacy, the chief client officer at an insurance services firm, was in a meeting when she felt it. "My bra had moved and was uncomfortable. When I adjusted it, I felt something hard," recalls the Jacksonville, Florida, resident.

Stacy called her gynecologist for an appointment. "He didn't think it was anything, though," Stacy says. "He was sure it wasn't cancer."

Convincing herself it was no big deal, Stacy went alone for the mammogram and the ultrasound that followed. The results of those tests looked suspicious, and a biopsy revealed the truth. At 45, Stacy had breast cancer. That began Stacy's quest to get rid of her disease for good. The first place that quest led her was Mayo Clinic.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.