DENNIS CITRIN, MD, PhD
MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST AT CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA[R] (CTCA)
The Johnsons are great examples of true grit. In 2007, just before Christmas, Chris Lopez Johnson received a letter stating the radiologist had found something in her recent routine mammogram. After more tests, a biopsy confirmed that she had ductal carcinoma in situ (stage 0 breast cancer).
Johnson, who lives in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., with her husband, Rick, didn't know how to react at first. "You feel like you are floating away and watching the conversation," she says. With the support of Rick, she underwent a lumpectomy. Afterwards, she sought an opinion at Cancer Treatment Centers of America[R] (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) to see if any additional treatment would be needed. At CTCA[R], Johnson chose to undergo a second lumpectomy, followed by radiation. She was supported by integrative oncology services, such as nutrition and spiritual support, to help her through her battle.
Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics, as reported by the American Cancer Society. When it comes to breast cancer, Hispanics frequently have a more biologically aggressive form of breast cancer, says Dennis Citrin, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist at CTCA at Midwestern. Because of this, Dr. Citrin explains that oncologists can meet this challenge by...