Dr. Randall Oyer, an oncologist and medical director of the cancer program at our Facing Cancer Together partner, Lancaster General Health, will appear on the program.  He has a positive message about what a breast-cancer diagnosis means for women in our community.  "My hope is that there's a very clear path, there's good, tolerable treatment and we expect the person to be cured," he says.

Dr. Jennifer Kegel, a radiologist at Lancaster General Health, knows what her breast cancer patients are going through... because she faced breast cancer herself.

HERSHEY, Pa- 10.6.11- Exciting new research at Penn State Hershey Medical Center has found that there is a new virus , that in various lab tests, kills breast cancer cells.  And, it kills all types of breast cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.

(Carlisle) -- October is breast cancer awareness month - a time to highlight survivors, treatment and research. Karen Byers is a breast cancer survivor and advocate for women fighting breast cancer.

witf’s SmartTalk, along with Facing Cancer Together, is taking a look at Breast Cancer, from researching a cure to surviving the diagnosis.

"Take one step at a time, one moment at a time."  Those are the words of Dr. Jennifer Kegel, a radiologist at Lancaster General Health who is also a breast cancer survivor.

HARRISBURG, PA – Breast Cancer Awareness Month—observed every October—recognizes breast cancer as the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women next to skin cancer. About one in eight will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of a lifetime. This month is a time to be reminded of the importance of screening tests in detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is most treatable.

Leigh Hurst, a native of Middletown, was 30 years old, earning a terrific salary as an eLearning corporate consultant, and living in New York City when she first felt a lump in her breast.  She told her doctors, but for the next three years, they routinely dismissed it as nothing too alarming.  “I’d have to put their hand directly on the spot and point it out to them.  And they’d say, ‘Oh, no, that’s nothing to worry about.’  I sort of was pacified by what they said,” Leigh explained. 

In the fall of 1996, Leslie Vogel had no known family history of breast or ovarian cancer.  When she felt a marble-sized lump on her right hip, she assumed it was a hernia from recent physical therapy.  Her gynecologist, however, ordered an ultrasound which revealed a mass.  But Leslie was too busy to get the final diagnosis right away.  She had Thanksgiving dinner to cook for 20 people the next week followed by her son's wedding in late December.  It was only after those festivities had ended that Leslie got the official word:  she had ovarian cancer.

Today, 32 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania. Living with breast cancer is not something that any woman or family should need to do alone.

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