Cancer Awareness Vs. Cancer Research: An Interview With Dr. Susan Love

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“This week, we’re cheering for Dr. Susan Love, an amazing woman who wears many hats in her life. She’s a surgeon, the author of the top-selling Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, a breast cancer advocate, the president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation – which focuses on breast cancer prevention and research into eradicating the disease – and a cancer survivor. Her goal is to change the way we approach breast cancer, an ambition that was only strengthened after her cancer treatments.

Elissa: You’re not only a cancer prevention advocate and researcher – you’re a survivor who went through daunting treatments last year, including a bone marrow transplant.  What were some of the things that kept your spirits up?

Susan: My family was wonderful and was there for me every step of the way. I was almost never alone in the hospital over the first seven weeks and second four. They took shifts. We would watch funny movies and TV shows and walk laps around the hospital floor together. My room was decorated with family pictures and even the IV pole that I was almost constantly hooked up to, was decorated with garlands, flags and other meaningful tokens.

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Heather Swift‘s insight:

Dr. Susan Love’s experience as patient and researcher in her own words in this interview are well worth the read. She speaks abut her collaboration with Susan G. Komen (YSC) Young Survival Coalition, and the HOW study about "Collateral Damage" from breast cancer treatment.


"Questions about collateral damage from breast cancer can be submitted through October to Anyone interested in being part of this initiative can register for the Health of Women [HOW] Study and complete the basic questionnaires on personal health and/or breast cancer diagnoses.


To enroll or add more information for the HOW study go to:"


Susan Love: 

"This is not about us and them; it is about us…all of us! We need to be working together to figure out what the priorities of research should be and how to get it done. "

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