Paget disease survivor is grateful for care, support

When the small spot first appeared on her nipple, Karrie Morgan didn’t think much of it. She was shocked nearly a year later when she learned it was a symptom of Paget disease, a rare type of breast cancer that affects 4% of patients. Over the course of that year, the spot had grown. When Karrie began covering it with a bandage, she started to suspect that something wasn’t right. Then, during a routine exam, her gynecologist recommended she see a dermatologist. Her dermatologist biopsied the spot and delivered Karrie the results on April 18, 2018 – the day before her 38th birthday. “I thought that when it came to breast cancer, you were looking for a lump,” Karrie says. “Now I know that women should look for any change in their breasts as a possible breast cancer symptom.” Coming to MD Anderson for Paget disease treatment Right away, Karrie decided to seek treatment at MD Anderson. It was 90 minutes away from her home outside of Beaumont, Texas, and she knew of the cancer center’s prestigious reputation. She, her husband, mother and sister traveled for two days of appointments on May 8 and 9 — just a few weeks after her diagnosis. The first day was dedicated to scans and tests. Karrie was impressed with how quickly she was able to complete all of them. The next day she met with her medical oncologist, David Ramirez, M.D., and her surgeon, Sarah M. DeSynder, M.D. DeSnyder went over the test results with Karrie: she did, in fact, have Paget’s disease, and the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes....