Weight Loss Leads to Cancer Discovery

Weight Loss Leads to Cancer Discovery

Kelly Goldman was feeling great after her recent 15 pound weight loss. Then, while changing into a sports bra, she discovered a lump in her breast leading to her battle against breast cancer. “I attribute my weight loss to helping the lump become more noticeable,” said Goldman. “I had not had my mammogram that year and actually completely forgot. That won’t happen again.” Goldman was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Stage 2, unilateral. “I had a strong feeling it was cancerous, knowing it was not painful at first and wasn’t there before,” said Goldman. As a former radiological technician, Goldman was knowledgeable about the possible signs and symptoms of cancer. “I can honestly say I wished I did not know as much as I did, medically that is,” said Goldman. “I wanted to be just a regular person with no idea of what was to come or expect. I didn’t wanted to know the worst case scenario. I was in shock, and scared to put my children and husband through what was to come.” Goldman contacted her healthcare provider and received a mammogram which confirmed the mass. She then had a biopsy preformed, which confirmed the cancer.   From there, Goldman saw an oncologist who informed her she would need radiation and chemotherapy, as well as a lumpectomy or mastectomy. She chose the lumpectomy, as the survival rate was the same.   Goldman was able to receive both her chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Tahlequah, thanks to the partnerships created through Northeastern Health System. “I received my chemotherapy from Warren Clinic Medical Oncology-Tahlequah office, and the Northeastern Health System...