Patient Stories

Learn about our patients and the patient care provided by the Comprehensive Breast Program.

Diwakar Pattabiraman, PhD

Researchers Find Source of Breast Tumor Heterogeneity and Pathway that Limits Emergence

Researchers find a signaling pathway that limits mammary basal cells’ ability to fuel the growth of multiple aggressive cell populations within a breast tumor, uncovering opportunities for novel therapeutic approaches to breast cancer.

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Brad Arrick, MD, PhD at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Family history remains on the National Cancer Institute’s list of risk factors for breast cancer, but what does it mean when cancer “runs in the family?"

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Breast tumor cells

Discovering a Key to the Survival of Dormant Breast Cancer Cells

A common anti-diabetes drug being tested in many clinical trials as an anti-cancer agent activated fat metabolism that promoted the survival of dormant breast cancer cells, suggesting that the drug has context-dependent effects on cancer cells.

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Amy Lynch

Our Patients. Their Stories. Amy Visser-Lynch

Participating in clinical trials gives breast cancer patient Amy Visser-Lynch a new outlook on life.

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Debra Beaupre

Our Patients. Their Stories. Debra Beaupre

In February 2013, Debra Beaupre was waiting to hear back from Harvard about graduate school. She never expected that she would begin an entirely different journey - treatment for breast cancer.

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Suzanne Jahn with Kari M. Rosenkranz, MD

Tissue-Sparing Breast Cancer Surgery

NCCC surgeons work together to offer new tissue-sparing and nipple-sparing surgery methods, same-day breast reconstruction, and follow-up care to help women find treatment that reflects their values.

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Bonnie Prouty

Breathe Deep, Hold, and Save Your Heart

NCCC recently installed a real-time monitoring system that allows technicians to monitor the patient as she holds a deep breath for 20 seconds so radiation is precisely targeted.

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