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Shall We Dance? Pink Glove Dancer Update

Five years ago, a group of women danced in Lexington Medical Center’s Pink Glove Dance because they had a tomorrow. They had survived breast cancer. In this blog series, find out where they are today. Today, Lisa Phillips.

Lisa Phillips, Lexington Oncology Infusion Center
Lisa has been a breast cancer survivor since October 2009 when she was diagnosed with high grade, poorly differentiated, atypical invasive ductal carcinoma, stage IIA.

lisa“I completed chemotherapy and underwent a bilateral mastectomy in 2010. My treatment was a complete success, and there was absolutely no cancer at the time of surgery.”

Lisa discovered her cancer through a self-breast exam, but she also had a family history of breast cancer.

lisa-phillips050a“Within five years, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts, and mammograms detected her cancer both times. My great-grandmother and great aunt also had breast cancer. Self-breast exams and mammograms can save your life.”

In the five years since Lexington Medical Center’s first Pink Glove Dance, Lisa has used her experience battling cancer to better care for patients, encouraging them to believe in themselves.

“Look for joy in every day, and I believe it will change your perspective on your journey.”

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Perrie Ryan, MD

Lexington Medical Center proudly welcomes Perrie Ryan, MD, to its network of care. He joins the board-certified physicians and highly skilled nurse practitioners at Lexington Oncology to offer innovative and comprehensive hematology and medical oncology services.

Perrie Ryan, MD

Perrie Ryan, MD

Board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology, Dr. Ryan is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American Medical Association. He most recently served as a hematologist/oncologist at Wellmont Blue Ridge Medical Specialists in Johnson City, Tennessee, and as a consultant at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee.

In addition to his work in the clinical setting, Dr. Ryan has conducted several research studies, including evaluating the effectiveness of second and third line treatment for locally advanced/metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and assessing the impact on survival of emergency department presentation of patients ultimately diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer at a single institution.

Dr. Ryan is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington and completed his internal medicine internship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Ryan went on to complete his internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dr. Ryan is accepting new patients. For more information, visit LexingtonOncology.com.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials at Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center is currently involved in four clinical trials for the treatment of breast cancer. Patients who meet specific criteria can choose if they would like to participate. The trials seek to find out the best ways to treat different types of breast cancer. Many times, these trials ultimately represent the future of breast cancer treatment.

WLTX news anchor Darci Strickland visited Lexington Medical Center recently to learn more about the trials from Dr. Lynn Tucker, surgeon with Lexington Surgical Associates, a hospital physician practice. And, she interviewed Cheryl Smith, a Lexington County grandmother who had successful treatment for breast cancer while enrolled in one of the clinical trials.

Cheryl Smith with her family inside Lexington Oncology after completing chemotherapy.

Cheryl Smith with her family inside Lexington Oncology after completing chemotherapy.

The photo shows Ms. Smith “ringing the chemo bell” inside Lexington Oncology after completing her last chemotherapy treatment for cancer last year.

Watch the story below.


For more information about clinical trials at Lexington Medical Center, visit the clinical trials page of our website by clicking here.