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Medical Edge: Breast Cancer Education and Treatment

Updated: Monday, November 11 2013, 09:27 AM EST
MASON, Ohio (Liz Bonis) -- A woman from Mason invites you to come out to the University of Cincinnati Saturday for a special breast cancer event.

She says it's important for all of us to know the latest breakthroughs which helped save her life.  Medical reporter Liz Bonis shares the story in Friday's Medical Edge.

If you don't believe in angels, Julie Haubrock wants you to meet Doctor Elyse Lower.  When Julie's breast cancer returned six years ago she had this to say of her doctor:
It was just the best thing, my angel just followed me to meet her, and it was just the best thing.  And she was absolutely wonderful, because I thought I had a death sentence then. 

But it wasn't a death sentence.  Instead Lowers team began treating Julie with a breakthrough concept in beating cancer.

Doctor Lower said, And we call that biomarker discordance, where the primary may be different than what we see when the cancer returns.

Here's how it works, Julies cancer is in stage four but she is actually a 12 year survivor.  Each time she needs treatment the new cancer cells are tested.

We are trying to now look at what we call repeated or serial biopsies.  So sometimes people will have a recurrence, and two years later another one, and then two years after another, and our ongoing investigation is to see if it continues to change, and if we should use the new information to treat.

That's been the case for Julie; each time her cancer has come back it's been treated differently based on the changes. 

She took Doctor Lowers advice to think of it as a chronic illness when she said, We can't cure it, but we can treat it, and there's all kinds of medicines on the horizons for you, and it was that optimistic attitude that I know Id be okay.

Part of her inspiration she says is that she simply has too much to do.  But she also has a very special person in her life, a son named Danny.  Danny has Down Syndrome and she says he needs her right now.

You know I don't know what it is, I just have so much hope, I have so much support of family and friends, and I just know I am going to beat it.

She says her angel brought her this far and she's simpy appreciating every day.

Oh my gosh, I appreciate the fall colors, and the sunset, everybody is in the monotonous times, and I just sit back and smell the roses.

If you'd like to learn more about the lifesaving treatment that Julie got there is a free breast cancer education event Saturday morning in the Vontz Center at the University of Cincinnati. Medical Edge: Breast Cancer Education and Treatment

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