25 years on!

Last week I met someone who was diagnosed with breast cancer 25 years ago.  She’s still here!  Looks amazing – has a wonderful family and husband and is proof that cancer can and is being beaten, day by day, year by year.

Twenty-five years ago treatment was much more of the sledgehammer and nut approach.  Not as tailored as it is today.  Now it’s much more refined and targeted.  There are different options available for surgery, not just a mastectomy.  Different variations of chemo depending on the type of tumour.  A combination of one or more treatments.

I’m always heartened when I meet or hear about someone who has been through it – especially when their diagnosis and treatment was many years ago.

Cancer Research has resulted in a much better understanding of how many cancers are caused, how they grow and how they can be successfully treated.

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