Jean Chapman - Diagnosed at 72

My sister passed away from breast cancer a number of years ago, which taught me the importance of screening and early detection. I have gotten my yearly mammogram for a while now—it’s just routine. One year something was detected, but it was not cancerous. So, when three lumps were found on my mammogram shortly after my 72nd birthday, with one possibly being cancerous, I was surprised.

I was so grateful to have such a great care team fighting for me and with me during this time! They went above and beyond what I could have ever imagined—if I needed anything from my doctors, they would respond immediately. My husband and I have been working outside of Houston; we are closer to MD Anderson than we are to the UMC Southwest Cancer Center. But I knew I had exactly what I needed to beat this at UMC.

Thanks to Dr. Rahman, my Surgical Oncologist, and Dr. Jones, my Medical Oncologist I had the tools I needed to beat this.

My advice for current and future fighters: Keep your hopes up and fight with strength. Also, be aware of your care options because there are many different ones.

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