"There Is Hope!" New Advancements Help Give Breast Cancer Patients Like Tina Hinshaw Hope
In April, Tina Hinshaw heard a diagnosis that no one ever wants to hear: “I’m really sorry, but I think you have cancer.”
Tina’s cancer was back. After surviving breast cancer just 2 and a half years earlier, this second diagnosis was shocking to hear. After having a double mastectomy, developing breast cancer a second time is rare.
But that hasn't stopped Tina. She's determined to beat breast cancer again. “It’s curable. It’s treatable. It’s OK. There are some really dark days, but they are not nearly as dark as I thought they would be.”
Hinshaw is usually on the other side of treatment - she works building diagnostic imaging centers. “Now, I’m going to be a patient,” says Hinshaw.
According to Timothy Finnegan, MD, new advancements in technology are helping people like Tina have a better treatment experience. Additionally, Finnegan says that catching cancer early through screenings can help you avoid many of the most common treatments for cancer - like chemotherapy. Finnegan says, “I like to tell my patients that I give chemotherapy for a living, but I do everything I can not to give it.”
For women over 40, Finnegan says that “my number 1, 2 and 3 recommendations are to make sure they get their yearly mammograms.”
Tina encourages the same. “There’s hope! There’s so much hope in it. And the earlier you can detect something, the better.”
Breast Cancer Screenings: What You Should Know
David Williams, MD, continues the conversation about breast cancer by discussing the importance of mammograms, what it means to have dense breast tissue and when you should begin screenings.