By Jodi N. Gonzalez
Statesman Content Marketing
October 10, 2015
After a routine mammogram on Oct. 2, 2014, Lisa Voorhies was told she would need an ultrasound. After the ultrasound, she was told she needed a biopsy. Two days later, the news came in: She had breast cancer.
Thus began a cancer journey that has ended well, but took several twists and turns over the past year.
Voorhies’ first surgeon told her she should have a mastectomy. “While I was comfortable with this approach if necessary, I wanted to make sure the decision was based on the most current medical information available,” Voorhies said. “So I wanted to first have a BRCA test.” Because her mother had battled and survived Stage III breast cancer at a young age in the 1980s, Voorhies was a good candidate to be tested for the presence of the breast cancer genes. This would help her know if a mastectomy was the right path.