The members of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition were heartbroken to hear that Penny died on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Androscoggin Hospice House, after living with metastatic breast cancer for several years. We are so thankful for the time we spent with Penny and for her dedication to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. We extend our deepest condolences to Penny's husband, Kevin, her son, Chris, stepdaughter, Kate, and all of her extended family and friends.
We were all very blessed to have known her and will continue to advocate for all those living with and at risk of breast cancer to honor her memory.
You may read the obituary and leave condolence messages here.
Two Decades After Treatment, Bone Metastasis: How Could This Happen to Olivia Newton-John?:
When I started out as a breast surgeon in the early 80’s, we thought that a diagnosis of breast cancer was an emergency. Time was of the essence, and you had to rush in and do a biopsy and immediate mastectomy to prevent a tumor from spreading to other organs. But that’s not the case. Since then, we’ve learned that cancer cells are shed into the blood stream early on. Even before the tumor can be diagnosed, they make themselves at home in other organs.
Letter from the CEO:
In Dr. Love’s blog this month, titled Discovery is Not a Straight Line, she outlines how the Foundation engages in research. We always start out with a goal in mind and design our studies to prove a hypothesis or discover new information about the human breast. As you’ve likely heard Dr. Love comment many times, we don’t have an accurate understanding of the anatomy of the breast or its ductal system. Yet, it is commonly believed that breast cancer begins in the lining of the ducts or lobules.