NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New inroads are being made all of the time concerning women’s reproductive cancers.
Discovery to cure at Yale was launched in 2003 to better provide women with new methods of prevention, early detection, and treatment. Dr. Elena Ratner from the Yale School of Medicine and Uterine Cancer Survivor, Ruth-Ann Ornstein, who is doing well and working hard to grow “Discovery to Cure” so that women can be better cared for.
“Initially it’s that shock, but without a strong support system, whether it’s family, friends, everyone pulled together, and I’m fortunate to have a great family and support system that help work with us, but I think the hardest part, at least for me, was losing my hair and just knowing that now everyone knows you’re sick,” said Ornstein.
“There’s a lot of work with survivorship. We want to make sure that women’s lives are as good as they can possibly be. Each Chemotherapy is selected very carefully, I know every wedding that my patient’s are going to, I know their social schedules because I will not give them chemo that will make them lose their hair, I will find something when I can, something that will be a little easier,” said Ratner.
Chemo will always be a part of Ornstein’s life, but with new discoveries all the time, she is hopeful that someday that could end. She says if you see someone who is going through cancer, give them a hug. She says that speaks volumes.
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