Cancer didn't rock this survivor's boat: Here's her message

Lolly Mitchell

Mainer Lolly Mitchell is a world traveler and an avid navigator around the islands near the Maine coast. She is also a survivor. She has recently survived lung and breast cancer. A concerning chest x-ray led her care to be transferred to specialists at Maine Medical Center. Six months after having her lung cancer treated, she found out she had breast cancer.

Be your own advocate, get screened.

Lolly credits her patient navigator for helping her through her surgery and through her care. “I know how to read charts and navigate on our boat. However, my patient navigator helped me feel secure during my care. Here’s what I tell others now after going through this experience -- stay on top of getting screened and getting tested!”

Lolly’s breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth DesJardin, with Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute and Breast Care Center, added “reach out to your doctor and ask about screening options. Do not be afraid to ask questions.”

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