Breast cancer blogger gets drug needed to halt her progression
Sep 21, 2011
Jeanne Sather has had breast cancer for 13 years, but continues to fight against it even though she is in the higher stages. However, a new drug is making breast cancer news and may help her regain her life, according to The Seattle Times.
The 56-year-old, who has kept a blog about her experiences, thought the end was truly near last year, but then she heard about the new and improved drug T-DM1, which is not approved by the FDA. She lobbied and promoted herself to get into the study group for this drug, which she did, but she had to travel from Seattle to California to get it, according to the news source.
The drug halted her cancer and gave her a new breath of life. However, the travel eventually took a toll on her. However, due to her preserverance, the study has expanded to Seattle, and now she only has to travel a couple miles away to get it, the media outlet reports.
According to the Susan G. Komen organization, it is recommended that once a woman turns 40 she receives annual mammograms. Those who have an extensive family history of breast cancer may want to schedule sooner in order to catch the disease at its earlier stages.