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Brandi Reece - Breast Cancer Survivor, Akron OHBrandi Reece

The five-year survival rate for cancer drops in advanced stages of the disease. Brandi Reece knows the importance of early detection. In 2008, she found a lump in her breast. With no family history of cancer and no apparent risk factors, Brandi thought it was just a cyst. But not wanting to take any chances, she scheduled a breast exam with her physician. Digital mammography and ultrasound at Summa Health System revealed that Brandi had Stage 2 breast cancer. Brandi underwent chemotherapy and surgery. Four years later, Brandi is cancer free. Brandi gives most of the credit to her breast specialist and oncology team at Summa for her recovery. But it was her quick action to get screened that really saved her life.

Valerie HortonValerie Horton

When Valerie Horton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, she chose a doctor with Summa who came highly recommended by friends who worked at other medical facilities. With technology and specialized services in the treatment of women’s cancers, she felt confident in choosing Summa.

“Summa did a good job of explaining things to me. It was an outpatient surgery, surprisingly.”

Horton had six and a half weeks of radiation treatment thereafter.

“I am cancer free today…if I’m going to live for my husband and my son, then these are the people that I think I should place myself in the hands of.”

Early detection. It absolutely matters.

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