Follow-up care after breast cancer treatment is so important, and having an oncology team you trust is paramount. Maryanne, a former professor at George Washington University, knows first-hand the importance of follow up after her initial diagnosis of stage 1 breast cancer in 2004.
For 16 years, her oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) kept a close eye on Maryanne. Although Maryanne's results were okay in 2019, her oncologist did not trust them because of an elevated marker level. In the spring of 2020, during the height of the pandemic, Maryanne went in for more testing. Her oncology team found a mutated breast cancer cell on her spine. Without the concern and quick actions of her team, Maryanne might have been paralyzed.