Breast cancer patient finds hope in father’s cancer journey

Nearly a decade ago, Maria Newhouse’s father was told that his colorectal cancer had metastasized to his liver and lungs and that he had no more than six months to live. Despite the odds, her dad, who was in his early 80s, had part of his colon removed and prayed for a miracle. “Sure enough, six months later his oncologist told us, ‘I wish I could tell all my patients this, but there’s not a trace of cancer left in him. I have no idea how to explain any of this,’” Maria recalls. Maria’s breast cancer diagnosis Although Maria’s father died of heart failure several years later, his cancer journey gave her comfort when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016. “I wasn’t going to give up. If there’s any chance, I’m going to take it,” she recalls telling herself. Days earlier, Maria’s family doctor had discovered a lump on her left breast during a routine exam. She underwent a biopsy through MD Anderson Cancer Center Breast Care with Memorial Hermann, a collaboration that allows patients to receive breast imaging and diagnostic services from MD Anderson breast radiologists at certain Memorial Hermann locations around the Houston area. The results showed stage I HER2-positive breast cancer. After meeting with other physicians, Maria sought a second opinion from Makesha Miggins, M.D., and Victor Hassid, M.D., at MD Anderson in Sugar Land, which is only a few miles away from her Missouri City home. “I fell in love with them because I felt they were a team,” she says. “I was so impressed by them that I decided to make...