Local breast cancer survivor one of first to be treated with new therapy

A young breast cancer survivor is one of the first in the country to be treated with a newer type of therapy now available in the Tri-State. (WKRC)

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - A young breast cancer survivor is one of the first in the country to be treated with a newer type of therapy now available in the Tri-State.

She was initially diagnosed at just 30 years old. Now, thanks to the new Cincinnati Children's and UC Health Proton Therapy Center located on the Liberty campus at Children's Hospital, she is about to be the first breast cancer patient in the Tri-State treated with what could be a kinder and gentler way to wipe out cancer.

She'd already been through what she thought was her toughest battle yet, but this past spring, all that changed for Anne Rider.

"Memorial Day, I went camping and we were hiking in the woods, and I was short of breath in a way that I had never experienced before," Anne said.

When she consulted her doctor, Dr. Elyse Lower and her medical oncology team, a tumor was found.

"We did a bunch of tests and found I had a tumor in my sternum, and I had surgery to remove it, and it was a big surgery," Anne said.

Just a few weeks later, Anne Rider became Mrs. Anne Swanson at the wedding of her dreams.

"Amazing. It was perfect; it was everything I ever wanted," she said.

This week, as Anne heads back to her care team, she is about to embrace the next round of treatment needed for a healthy future. This time, however, her team has a newer weapon to help in that treatment--one that's never been used in this region in a breast cancer patient before. It literally works to help erase the cancer.

"It's a new way of administering radiation, and it uses protons," said Dr. Lower. "We really think that it will markedly reduce the chances that she will have a recurrence in that same area."

"I pray a lot," Anne said. "The journey has really made me focus on the now, maybe in a way that I wouldn't have before."

There is a free program you can attend for more information on proton therapy and other breast cancer therapies called Recovery to Discovery. It's Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Kingsgate Marriott. Lunch is provided, and you can register and find out all the details HERE.

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