April Swoboda, MD – Rush University Medical Center

I’m a medical oncologist that treats breast
cancer patients. I treat all forms of breast cancer, but one
area of particular interest is triple negative breast cancer. Triple negative breast cancer means breast
cancer that doesn’t express the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor or HER2,
and it’s one of the more aggressive forms of breast cancer. Currently there are no targeted therapies
for triple negative breast cancer, only chemotherapy. Immunotherapy, however, is showing promise,
and we have multiple clinical trials here at Rush exploring immunotherapy in triple
negative breast cancer. One of the things that I find most rewarding
about my job is helping to explain to patients what’s happening to them, giving them knowledge,
and helping them to feel empowered about their diagnosis of breast cancer. Having patients feel like they understand
very clearly what’s going on with them and what their options are, that’s very fulfilling
to me as a doctor.

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