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Susan’s cancer journey

Somerville grandmother Susan Green was diagnosed with breast cancer last year after finding a lump in her breast.

“I have had so many lumps and bumps removed over the years – I am 74 years old – that were never anything to worry about. So this news was a bit of a shock,” says Susan.

“It had only been two years since my last mammogram. I believe fully in self-examination so I like to think that thanks to that my cancer was caught early enough.”

After her diagnosis Susan was referred to Frankston – her local hospital ten minutes down the road – for treatment.

This winter, Take a Break for Cancer is raising funds for local cancer services at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals, so more people like Susan can access the best of care close to home. Gather your friends, family and colleagues together to host an event on 20 June, the official Take a Break for Cancer Day, or anytime during the cooler months.

“My treatment started with chemotherapy,” explains Susan.

“I can’t feel the lump anymore and my oncologist says it is shrinking so I’m keeping a positive outlook.”

Susan has benefitted from having a scalp cooling cap on during her treatment to prevent hair loss. Funds raised from Take a Break for Cancer in the past have helped pay for the installation of this important medical equipment, which really does make a difference according to Susan.

“I am going through the cold cap treatment and so far so good,” she says.

“My hair is a bit thinner than it used to be but I still have a fairly good head of hair so I am very impressed with that. I’m a big advocate for it and I think more people should have the cooling caps if they can.”

Susan is full of praise for the team who have been caring for her through her cancer journey.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the treatment I have had at Frankston – it is hard to find better words. They are thoughtful, caring, there is no waiting, the appointments are always pretty straight forward – the team is absolutely brilliant.” Susan says.

To find out more about how you can Take a Break for Cancer, head to www.takeabreakforcancer.org.au.