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Young Woman with Breast Cancer Finds Dream Team

A young woman in her prime, with a full life and meaningful career, does not expect a cancer diagnosis. But that is what happened to 34-year-old Erin, who received the news when she was in Paris with her mother and sister, on a long-awaited trip to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Before she left, she had felt a lump in her right breast, and underwent several screening tests. When her doctor called her in Paris to say she had breast cancer, he referred her to the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at …


Pregnancy and breast cancer: One mother’s story

Rebecca Byrne had waited years for a doctor to tell her, “You’re pregnant.” She never imagined that just a few months after she first heard those words, she would hear four more: “You have breast cancer.”
Byrne still tears up when telling the story, but smiles when her 20-month-old daughter, Emelia, leaps into her lap. Emelia is the happy outcome of a painful period of Byrne’s life, when the joys of pending and early motherhood were shadowed by chemotherapy treatments, hair loss, radiation, and uncertainty.
Every year in the U.S., one in 3,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy. …


A focus on breast cancer in young women by Elaine Gottlieb

Carie Capossela, here with her two children, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 at age 33.

By and large, breast cancer is not thought of as a young woman’s disease. After all, 95 percent of women with breast cancer are over age 40.
But every year, 10,000 women age 40 and younger in the U.S. alone learn that breast cancer can and does affect women their age, and it brings with it an additional layer of challenges.

Tags: Ann Partridge, Breast Cancer, Breast Oncology Center, Carie Capossela, Dana-Farber's Women's Cancers Programs, Eric Winer, Kathyrn Ruddy, Lance Armstrong …