Why I chose MD Anderson for my breast cancer treatment

When I was 10, one of my relatives came all the way from another state to get treated for breast cancer at MD Anderson. Another one got breast cancer treatment from a doctor near her home who works closely with MD Anderson faculty. So, I knew exactly where to turn for help when I found out I had breast cancer last year. MD Anderson is just where you go when you have cancer. It’s the top cancer hospital in the country. And it’s known worldwide for its cutting-edge treatments and clinical trials. My delayed breast cancer diagnosis I received my breast cancer diagnosis last summer. I’d gotten my very first mammogram in October 2018, when I was almost 40. The technician told me I had both dense breast tissue and some small calcifications in my left breast. Dense breast tissue can make it harder for radiologists to identify suspicious areas, so he suggested I get a 3D mammogram as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that plan had to take a backseat, because not long after I got the mammogram, I was also diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat. That condition can be fatal, so I needed to address it immediately. I worked with a cardiologist for several months to get my heart problems under control, then turned my attention back to my breasts. I had both the 3D mammogram and a breast ultrasound on June 21, 2019. On July 1, my doctor ordered a biopsy. On July 8, I learned I had stage I invasive ductal carcinoma, a type of breast cancer. My breast cancer treatment My first...