Students from Harrisburg School District and Lebanon Area School District had the opportunity to experience what careers in medicine and clinical research are really like as part of the PBCC C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Advocacy, Research and Education for Students) program last week at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The PBCC C.A.R.E.S. program was instituted to enrich the lives of students grades 10 through 12 who want to learn more about advocacy and the
science of breast cancer. Penn State Hershey opened its state-of-the-art simulation center to the students, demonstrating everything from how to administer an IV to ultrasound technology to how doctors perform robotic surgery. The Life Lion Critical Care Transport team gave each group a tour of the helicopter, showing what it takes to get in the air and care for patients in a matter of minutes.
Penn State Cancer Institute scientist and 2017 PBCC Research Grant winner Dr. Nancy Lill shared an update on her exciting triple-negative breast cancer research. Dr. Lill is studying compounds found in plants that could treat the aggressive types of cancers including triple-negative.
Thank you, Penn State Health for offering the PBCC C.A.R.E.S. program students this one-of-a-kind experience!
"I was 25 years old at the time."
Young Survivor Fights on, Pursues Doctoral Degree in Public Health
Natasha Renee Burse,Dauphin County
Diagnosed in 2015
When were you diagnosed with breast cancer?
In the summer of 2015, I felt a lump in my breast and went to my family physician for a clinical breast exam. She referred me to a surgeon, then the surgeon ordered an ultrasound and mammogram. The results showed a tumor and she thought it might be fibro adenoma because of my age...
Why? What was your age?
I was 25 years old at the time.