In 2015, Susan noticed some unusual bumps and bruises on her body, but attributed them to the physical demands of her job. The bruises faded, but the lumps remained. When her local physician suggested she go to Harrisburg for additional testing, Susan instead decided to return home to Pittsburgh.

“I’m from Pittsburgh, the City of Champions, where brilliant medicine is being done. It was time to go home,” Susan said.

At UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, doctors confirmed a Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis.

Susan with her daughter Amanda and a hat knitted and gifted by the Magee knitters

“From my first exam, through surgery and the treatments that followed, my Magee team was a source of compassion, acceptance and understanding. My team believed in a cancer-free future for me, and it gave me great confidence,” Susan said.

Today, Susan is cancer-free and thankful for her Magee experience. “How could something so awful end up a good experience for me? The incredible staff and their commitment to me as an individual,” says Susan.

Our physicians are committed to treating and supporting women and their families. And our impact goes far beyond the exam room. Whether it’s women’s cancers, fertility issues, or treating and preventing the spread of infectious diseases, our doctors and researchers are dedicated to finding breakthroughs that will improve health across lives and generations.

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