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Nicole's Cancer Milestone

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For Nicole, a Second Opinion Meant a New Lease on Life, Times Two

Diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer while pregnant, Nicole was scared and needed options. She went to a local clinic, where she was told she would have to terminate her pregnancy in order to start chemotherapy treatments immediately.

“It was so stressful,” Nicole said. “That’s when my mom told me to get a second opinion.”

And that’s when she turned to Jefferson, where she was immediately seen at the Jefferson Breast Care Center at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. As an NCI-designated cancer center, Jefferson has access to some of the most advanced treatments, including an innovative plan that saved Nicole’s life. Her physician recommended very aggressive, targeted therapy. Most importantly to Nicole, she would be able to keep her baby.

After undergoing a series of chemotherapy treatments during her pregnancy, Nicole carried her baby to term. Her daughter, London, was born at 35 weeks. “She was a premature baby, but she was healthy and happy,” Nicole said. “It was awesome, just awesome.”

More aggressive chemotherapy followed – 16 treatments all together – and then a double mastectomy. In June, Nicole started a series of 30 radiation treatments and will undergo reconstructive surgery soon. It’s been a long road, but, as Nicole noted, “My family helped me through it, my whole family and Jefferson is part of that family.”

Today, Nicole is cancer free, and she is grateful for every moment with her precious daughter, London. “I am so thankful to Jefferson,” she said. “It was just the right hospital, the right people and the right doctors at just the right time.”