Diagnosis: Breast cancer
Treatment: Surgery and radiation
Linda Hanseth hadn’t had a screening mammogram in over 20 years.
The 70-year-old lifelong Sultan resident had a particularly painful experience years earlier and avoided returning for regular screenings, instead doing her best to push the potential consequences from her thoughts.
But last spring, during a visit to her longtime primary care provider Mark Raney, MD, Linda noticed EvergreenHealth’s mobile mammography coach stationed outside EvergreenHealth Primary Care in Sultan and took note.
During her appointment, clinical staff mentioned the coach’s walk-in screening availability and left Linda with information about the mobile mammography services.
“I had no intention of following up, but the next day I found myself dialing the number to make an appointment for a mammogram,” Linda recalled.
It turns out it was one of the best calls she’s ever made.
Linda was scheduled promptly for a screening mammogram aboard the coach in Sultan, and though it wasn’t completely painless, she describes the experience much more positively than her prior mammograms – and abundantly worthwhile.
The 3-D screening detected a mass, and it was stage II breast cancer.
Linda’s care team at EvergreenHealth, with Dr. Raney at the center, quickly began coordinating a treatment plan that included surgery and radiation at EvergreenHealth’s main campus in Kirkland.
“I’ve walked this path with many patients,” said Dr. Raney, who has practiced at his Sultan location for more than 20 years. “We know the next 10 to 20 steps in the process and can anticipate our patients’ unasked questions.”
Despite her diagnosis, Linda said she remained at peace throughout the process knowing that she was in good hands.
“Dr. Raney is not just my doctor. He’s my neighbor and he’s my friend,” Linda shared. “I knew that he would make it easy for me to consider all of my options and move forward with the best plan for treatment with my EvergreenHealth doctors.”
Today, Linda Hanseth is cancer-free and a passionate advocate for breast health screening. “Now I tell everyone, just do it. It may save your life.”