81-Year-Old Local Breast Cancer Survivor Gives Advice to Others Battling the Disease

September 27, 2016

LODI, Calif. – September 27, 2016 – Adeline “Addy” Muller has a long history with breast cancer. Her own daughter was diagnosed with the disease in 2002. So, in December of 2015, when a lump was found during Muller’s annual mammogram, she says she knew what was coming.

“Having been through it with my daughter and knowing my family history, I knew I had breast cancer,” Muller said.

The 81-year-old was diagnosed with stage 1 infiltrating ductal carcinoma. After undergoing a lumpectomy, Muller began receiving radiation treatment at Ben Schaffer Cancer Institute in Lodi under the care of Travers McLoughlin, M.D.

“Infiltrating ductal carcinoma occurs when abnormal cells have been found in the lining of the breast milk duct,” explains Dr. McLoughlin. “In Addy’s case, the atypical cells had not spread into the surrounding breast tissue or to the lymph nodes.”

Now, close to a year following her diagnosis, Muller says it was Dr. McLoughlin and his team that helped her get through cancer with a positive mindset.

“It is so important to have faith in your doctor. Everything was explained to me so well, and I was given options for my treatment plan,” says Muller. “Because of my age, I decided that I would only do radiation and then take an oral medication for five years following the treatment. I was able to make the best decision for my own care.”

Muller says her confidence in Dr. McLoughlin also allowed her to have faith in herself. Despite her age, she says she never doubted that she was going to beat the disease.

“When people find out you have cancer they feel sorry for you,” Muller explained. “When I think about children who have cancer, my heart breaks. Their spirits are so high and I think, why not me? If they can do it, so can I, and so can you. You just have to have faith.”

Now with radiation treatment behind her, Muller wanted to do something special for everyone at the Ben Schaffer Cancer Institute.

“Dr. McLoughlin and his staff became my family.” Muller said. “During the last week of my radiation treatments I brought in a cake for everyone to enjoy with a pink ribbon in the frosting as a way to say thank you and to celebrate our success.”

For more information about our services, visit www.bschaffercancer.com or call (209) 365-1761.

About 21st Century Oncology

21st Century Oncology is the largest global provider of Integrated Cancer Care services that strongly believes in fighting for patients like an army and caring for them like a family. Operating as one dream team in the crusade against cancer, the company employs or is affiliated with nearly 1,000 physicians globally to deliver the most advanced, integrated, and compassionate cancer care in personal and convenient settings. Headquartered in Fort Myers, FL, 21st Century Oncology operates 165 treatment centers, including 129 centers located in 15 U.S. states. In addition, the company operates 36 centers located in eight countries in Latin America. For more information, please visit https://www.21co.com/.

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