• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Motherhood after battling advanced breast cancer

December 24, 2017

Dr. Luciana Farfalli celebrating with her familyWhen she found out her breast cancer had come back, Luciana Farfalli, M.D., faced an uncertain future. But care at Mayo Clinic put the cancer in remission and allowed her to turn her attention back to the family she adores.

"I'm so grateful for Andresito. He is the source of life for me," Luciana Farfalli, M.D., says of her 2-year-old son. "The best part of my day is when he wakes up, comes looking for me and gives me a big hug."

Luciana, a pediatric dermatologist originally from Argentina, says traveling back to her home country with her husband and son for Andresito's baptism, and being able to spend time with family and close friends during the trip, was an amazing gift. It was one she wasn't sure she'd receive after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in March 2016 and receiving a dim prognosis.

But a second opinion at Mayo Clinic with surgeon James Jakub, M.D., turned it all around for Luciana and her family.

"Dr. Jakub was the light at the end of the tunnel. He was very warm and kind," Luciana says. "I was so tired of hearing about what stage of cancer I had and what my life expectancy was. He was the first one who told me, 'We're going to get rid of that cancer.' I'll never forget those words." Read the rest of the story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.