One day last May, cancer turned the tables on Phyllis Sanchez.
Sanchez is a mammographer at University of New Mexico’s Outpatient Surgery and Imaging Services in Albuquerque. On her 56th birthday, she moved to the other side of the imaging machine to receive a 3-D mammography. The mammogram results raised suspicions. Sanchez stayed at the hospital for an ultrasound and biopsy. A day normally reserved for celebration turned somber. Not long after, Sanchez received a diagnosis of breast cancer.
A provider suddenly turned patient, Sanchez took hope from the fact that she had caught the cancer at stage 1, grade 1. The tumor is slightly larger than a centimeter and has not spread to the lymph nodes. She’s now halfway through a regimen of four chemotherapy treatments at University of Colorado Cancer Center that is the first step in trying to stop the cancer in its tracks.