In a matter of days, breast pathologist Dr. Kim Allison went from diagnosing cancer in other people to exploring treatment options for her own stage III breast cancer. In this podcast, you will hear her story of survival, and how treatment with what some call the "red devil" inspired her to pen her memoir, "Red Sunshine."
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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance pathologist Dr. Kim Allison never imagined she’d be examining her own cells under the microscope until she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. We’ll hear her story next on Patient Power.
Hello and welcome to Patient Power sponsored by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. I’m Andrew Schorr. Well, this time of year we start to talk more about breast cancer, although really we need to talk about it year around and raise awareness of how important it is to do screening. We’re going to be talking about that.
And we’re now going to meet someone who is involved in screening all the time as a doctor. Kim Allison is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She’s also Director of Breast Pathology at the University of Washington and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. So, imagine, day in, day out with her colleagues, they’re looking at biopsies from women where maybe something looked unusual on a mammogram and they did a biopsy to see could it be cancer. And in her own day-to-day she looks at four to eight of those biopsies a day, and usually it’s not cancer.
Well, with Kim, the biopsy came back positive, and we’re going to hear that story, and then also talk more about the importance of screening and a book that Dr. Allison has written, Red Sunshine, that details her story and can give insight for many other women.
Kim Allison, thank you for joining us. I know your diagnosis was just at age 33?