Beth Bishop was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 1994. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to treat it. Thirteen years later, she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ in both breasts, had a bilateral mastectomy and underwent reconstructive surgery.
A PET scan in February 2011 detected cancer in her lymph nodes. She again underwent chemotherapy, then had a second bilateral mastectomy followed by more radiation. She has tested positive for breast cancer susceptibility gene 2, which means she has a greater risk for developing other cancers, including ovarian cancer. She had both ovaries removed because of a mass on one of them.
“I have a strange, difficult, weird case,” she said.