Vilma Rosario’s doctors found a mass in her pelvis just months after her lymphoma had gone into remission. She met Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Ginger Gardner, who biopsied the tumor through a minimally invasive robotic procedure at MSK’s new Josie Robertson Surgery Center. Vilma was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and began chemotherapy treatments close to her home at MSK’s West Harrison location. She didn’t let the disease stop her from getting married over Memorial Day weekend.
After Valerie was diagnosed with breast cancer, she knew she didn’t want to lose a breast. But the doctor she met with initially told her that the large size of her tumor made mastectomy the only option. When Valerie came to Memorial Sloan Kettering for a second opinion, her surgeon surprised her by suggesting a treatment plan that included chemotherapy to shrink the tumor prior to lumpectomy surgery, eliminating the need for Valerie to have a mastectomy.