A strange pain in her breast prompted Kaiser Permanente member and employee Cynthia Sewell to make an appointment with her physician.
Cynthia never thought the pain would be serious. But a closer look revealed a diagnosis of ductal adenocarcinoma—breast cancer.
Cynthia will never forget her husband’s reaction. “Am I going to lose my wife?” he had asked. Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center surgeon Richard Mark Saroyan, MD, explained that Cynthia’s best option would be to undergo a lumpectomy.
Throughout her treatment, Cynthia was touched by her Kaiser Permanente oncologist’s compassionate care. “One of the first things I found out about [Cynthia] is that the treatment really impacted her in a real way,” said Lara Durna, MD. “I think she has really taken a lot of her experience and turned it into this absolute force for good.”
Cynthia’s recovery from breast cancer not only gave her a second chance to live, but inspired her to get healthy by losing weight, exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, and making the lifestyle changes necessary to reduce her risk of chronic illness.
“I figured I had already been saved from breast cancer,” said Cynthia. “I did not want to die of high blood pressure or high cholesterol, heart attack, [or] diabetes.”