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Barbara S. Thomas, two times breast cancer survivor

Barbara Thomas first came to the Georgia Cancer Center nearly 20 years ago. A retired teacher Barbara, 64, had her first surgery in 1994.

The cancer returned in 2011.

“I will never forget that day,” she says, “They called me and said they were going to use a 3D mammogram on me. They had just started using it and it picked up two spots.” Because of these two cancer lumps, she had mastectomy, followed by a reconstructive surgery performed by Dr. G. Mable Gamboa.

Because cancer runs in Barbara’s family Cancer Center oncologist Dr. Shefali Shah ordered a round of genetic testing, which revealed favorable genetic conditions for cancer growth.

She will be monitored a little closer than she was before and have a mammogram every six months, instead of every year. She participates in the Livestrong program at the Augusta University Fitness Center and, more importantly, maintains a positive attitude.

She says her long-standing relationship with the Cancer Center is an important part of that.

“I like this hospital,” she says. “They have all the up-to-date equipment and people seem to be well trained. That’s why I think it’s the best.”

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