As a nurse, Marguerite Zavitz could see the news wasn't good. Watching the utrasound screen closely, it was obvious the lump in her breast had changed. Two years ago it wasn't a threat. Now, her doctor suspected cancer.
Marguerite is conscientious about mammography screening. Her sister died at age 53 of breast cancer. When a tiny, non-palpable lump was discovered in Marguerite's breast, follow-up ultrasound showed it was nothing to worry about. One year later there was no change, so again Marguerite could breathe easy. But this year's mammogram and ultrasound showed the lump was more defined and had grown — a bad sign.
Marguerite was referred to St. Joseph's Hospital. In the short time before chief radiologist Dr. Don Taves looked at the ultrasound, the lump had changed again. Now suspecting the growth was actually a collection of fluid, he delicately performed a painless needle aspiration of the lump, which was lying close to Marguerite's lung.
The fluid was clear. The growth was benign. The lump was gone. "Dr. Taves was just glowing, and I was beyond relieved. We both knew I was alright," recalls Marguerite.
From providing emotional, spiritual and practical support, to diagnostic, pathology and surgical services, St. Joseph's meets the needs of women from the time of finding an abnormality to diagnosis, treatment and onwards.
"I'm so happy that I'm lucky enough to tell my story," says Marguerite, who can now head off on a long-planned family trip to Scotland. "It's like I've been given a second life."