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Dean of the University of Cincinnati Clermont College and namesake of the
campus’ Educational Services Building Jim McDonough, 75, says his journey with
breast cancer began with some mysterious dots of blood on his bed sheets.
had no idea where they were coming from, and eventually, I just laid down to
try to match it up,” he says. "I found that blood was being excreted from my
wife Kathryn is a former nurse, and really, she saved my life by insisting that
I go get it checked out. If left to my own devices, I would have ignored it.”
scheduling an appointment with a physician at UC Health, McDonough received the
did a biopsy and ran a number of tests to see if the cancer had spread,” he
says, adding that they conducted genetic testing to see if he carried the BRCA
gene, but he did not. "Luckily, the cancer was encapsulated and had not
metastasized to my lymph nodes. The UC Cancer Institute surgeon was able to do
a mastectomy, and I was cancer free from that point forward—no chemotherapy or
radiotherapy was needed.”
says following the surgery and recovery, it’s been "smooth sailing” with no
recurrence. He is seen for follow-up care by Elyse Lower, MD, director of the
UC Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center.
detection and awareness that breast cancer can happen to anyone at any time
were key to me being OK,” he says. "My message to any one—man or woman—who
notices symptoms is that it is better to be safe than sorry and to have it
checked out. It would have been easy to ignore it, but thankfully I didn’t, and
I’m still here because of that.”
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