Liz Reid, Breast Cancer Survivor
"When I was diagnosed in January 2011, my daughter Kat moved home to help me that February against my protest, and got a job working at the Medical Center as a research assistant in the College of Medicine. She stayed with me throughout the surgery and treatment. My son visited from Brooklyn as often as he could, but Kat was my main support person. She wrote an email to friends and family to keep everyone up to date, and filtered all visitors and phone calls so I didn't get worn out.
The Penn State Hershey community was also a huge part of my support group. The staff was fabulous through every procedure and hospitalization and clinic visit. I had cards, food, and meals for nearly a year. Even one of my patients and her mom made me chicken soup. My friends and coworkers, Sue Hemperly and Cindy Greene, formed a team in my honor, and walked (60 miles) in the 2011 Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure. I am thrilled to be able to walk with them this year. Another coworker, Melissa McClure is also joining us.
I recently celebrated recovery by backpacking with friends, and climbing to the top of Mt. Washington. I set that goal when I was having a hard time walking during treatment.
And, now, thanks to the strength and support, I am proudly a survivor and will do whatever I can to help others who walk in those same shoes."
If surgery is recommended to remove a benign or cancerous tumor, our goal is to conserve breast tissue and skin for satisfactory reconstruction. Penn State Hershey breast surgeons are skilled in the latest minimally invasive techniques, including sentinel node biopsies, cryoablation, and skin sparing mastectomies. If reconstruction following a mastectomy is desired, we work closely with plastic surgeons who specialize in breast reconstruction. The most contemporary techniques yield the best cosmetic results without compromising care. In most cases, reconstruction can occur at the same time as surgery.
Penn State Hershey Breast Center provides breast health support, education, and coordination of services for women of all ages and their families. What makes the multidisciplinary center unique is its ability to provide advanced testing and treatment for benign and malignant breast disease Penn State Hershey Breast Center was granted accreditation by the National Accreditation of Programs for Breast Centers, and is a designated American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, based on its outstanding personnel and advanced equipment.