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  • April 1, 2019

    Wife and Mother of Six has Message for Others Battling Breast Cancer

    Following a standard mammogram, women typically receive a letter in the mail informing them of their normal results. Michelle Fithen, 44, found it odd when she didn’t receive the familiar notice in the mail after her mammogram in early 2018.

    “I have been getting mammograms since age 40,” Fithen explained. “I was thinking I would get my letter in the mail and on March 5, 2018, they called me to come in for a more detailed mammogram at BSA Harrington Breast Center.”

    Several mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies later, the mother of six received devastating news.

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  • April 1, 2019

    A New Selfie: Chemo Patient Documents Her Cancer Journey with a Smile

    Katherine “Kathy” Berry is maintaining a positive outlook in the midst of her own battle with breast cancer – and has the selfies to prove it.

    The 72-year-old never imagined she would ever be receiving care at BSA Harrington Cancer Center.

    “I have never considered getting cancer and I’m a retired hospice nurse,” Berry shared.

    Over the years, Berry had accompanied patients to BSA Harrington Cancer Center and worked alongside its staff.

    “I’m not used to receiving care.,” Berry said. “I’m used to being a caregiver.”

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  • April 1, 2019

    Early Diagnosis Brings Success for Male Breast Cancer Survivor

    Breast cancer in men is rare, but can happen.

    Thomas “Tom” Cole, 71, never imagined he would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Cole and his wife were traveling for a wedding when he noticed an abnormal lump on his left breast.

    “I took a shower one evening and felt this lump on my breast,” Cole explained. “I told my wife that it didn’t feel right and asked her to look at it.”

    Cole’s wife urged him to make an appointment with his primary care provider as soon as they returned home.

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  • October 20, 2017

    From Diagnosis to Disney: How a Positive Outlook Helped One Woman Survive Cancer

    In June 2016, Pattie Archer had her routine mammogram at BSA Harrington Breast Center. Afterward, she received a call asking her to come in the next day and go over the report. She had a feeling it was cancer.

    Pattie was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer and needed surgery and radiation.

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  • October 12, 2017

    Amarillo Wedding Planner Finds Vital Support During Cancer Battle

    One Sunday night last July, Parie Donaldson found a lump in her breast. It had been eight years since she had gone in for a routine mammogram and she inherently knew it wasn’t good. “It was a pretty big lump and I just had a feeling immediately it could be breast cancer,” she said. “I called BSA Harrington Breast Center first thing Monday morning and they told me to come in the next morning to have it checked.”

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  • March 8, 2017

    Registered Dietitian Spotlight - Whitney Warminski

    Today is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day! This is a day to recognize our food and nutrition experts who are committed to improving the health of their patients, clients and communities. Harrington Cancer Center’s Registered Dietitian, Whitney Warminski, RD, CSP, LD-Clinical Dietitian, shares with us why she chose to work for Harrington and what she loves most about working in nutrition.

    Here is what Whitney had to say:

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  • November 18, 2016

    A Mother’s Battle with Breast Cancer

    When Paige Reinke went to Harrington Breast Center for her routine mammogram last November, she felt like something was off. “I go every year to get my mammogram, but afterwards, I returned to work and felt as though something wasn’t right,” said Paige. “They called me the very next morning and I went back for another mammogram and ultrasound. They didn’t like what they saw, so they wanted biopsies done.” Paige went back the next day and had 15 biopsies taken.

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  • October 7, 2016

    Finding Breast Cancer Support through a Center and a Cup of Coffee

    As Patricia 'Trish' Hardin prepared for Christmas, she went in for her annual mammogram on December 17. A few days later, she received a call from her gynecologist, telling her she needed to go to the Harrington Breast Center for a diagnostic ultrasound. “I had my ultrasound done on December 23rd and was told I would need a biopsy, so Christmas was a really sad time because there was a lot of uncertainty,” Patricia shares.

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  • May 26, 2016

    Taking the Fear Out of Breast Cancer

    Diane Brown, 66, always wanted to have a family. “I have 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild and I’ve never been pregnant!” she shares of how her family came to be when in her 20s it didn’t look as promising. “I had a total hysterectomy at the age of 26.” She later adopted a daughter, Aaryn, and a son, Trent. Three more children joined her family when she married her husband, Larry.

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  • July 31, 2015

    Does smoking make breast cancer more deadly?

    It’s commonly known that smoking can lead to different health risks, especially lung cancer. But did you know that smoking is reported to also increase your risk of death if you develop breast cancer?

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