DHK - Diana Stork, 67, breast cancer, Boston, with Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, director, Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and breast oncologist, Dana-Farber 8-16-17

WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
Wednesday, August 16th

Diana Stork was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2016 after she went in for her routine mammogram with zero cancer symptoms.  An ultrasound and biopsy confirmed the initial suspicion of breast cancer. Diana had surgery and was placed in Dr. Daniel Hassett’s clinic at Dana-Farber. She received radiation and is on continuation medication and is today cancer-free. Diana is extremely grateful for the quality care that she has had at Dana-Farber, including the Zakim Center. After surgery but before radiation started, Diana wondered what else she could do while spending so much time at Dana-Farber, so she stuck her head into a tai chi class and asked if she could just watch for one class. The instructor told her to join the class, so she did, and was hooked from that point forward! Diana began scheduling her radiation around Zakim classes. She has enjoyed women’s exercise classes, Pilates, yoga, tai chi, tai gong, and massage. She goes to the Zakim Center 2-4 times a week. Diana says that the Zakim Center is beneficial for three reasons: 1.) when one feels stronger and healthier, one is stronger and healthier and better equipped to battle their cancer 2.) the camaraderie of the group is reassuring and inspiring without the pressures of a talk group, 3.) the teachers are both caring and challenging in a way that she finds extremely motivating.  Diana is married to Dr. Muz Mansuri, a physician on the South Shore and they have one son, Daniel, 25. Diana is a former college professor who is now working as a book editor. One of her major goals is to successfully wrap up this 18-month project with a strong book launch and art opening in New York in the spring of 2018. She is also interested in traveling, fishing, designing, and consulting.

Dr. Ligibel received her MD from Washington University in St. Louis. Later she completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a medical oncology fellowship at DFCI. In 2001, she joined the Women's Cancer Program at DFCI and is currently an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition to her role as a breast cancer physician, Dr. Ligibel is also director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families by incorporating complementary therapies into traditional cancer care. Just two weeks ago, the Zakim Center opened a brand new specially designed facility within the Institute, making it the first comprehensive cancer center in Boston to offer such a broad selection of supportive services. This dedicated space will allow Dana-Farber to meet the increasingly large patient interest in integrative services, while expanding healthy living initiatives. The Zakim Center now features five treatment rooms for acupuncture and massage, a consultation room for integrative medicine and nutrition services, a mind-body studio for yoga and group movement class, and an exercise training studio. Patients using the Zakim Center often report reductions in cancer-related pain, less fatigue and nausea, and overall better quality of life.


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Happens and I got the news very very quickly and I was surprised. I was of little scared. But their treatment that I've had and the support I've had has made the journey. Very very very comfortable for me and I am. Happily. Helping now but living with some uncertainty and one learns to do that and just sort of thrown smile. And doctor look at boats talk about breast cancer it's pretty common probably one of the most common cancers where American women what do you. What do you say to patients when they come Q and are asking questions concerns a lot of patients who say you know what what's going on here would what's the one thing you see that kind of reassure them. I think that's a very good question because certainly we all know that that word cancer brings a lot of a lot of emotions a lot of fears people and in addition to being an oncologist I'll also lead. A very unique part of Dana Farber called the Leonard he's taken center for integrated there he's healthy living. And this is a part of Dana Farber do you really focuses on supporting our patients. Both physically and emotionally and spiritually through their cancer journey and so. We offer a lot of programs that support people through the process through their treatment and afterwards things like nutrition physical activity. Meditation. Acupuncture. Diana has taken part in many parts of our programming. And I think I won't try to put words in your mouth and keep it in these types of things. Can help people as they're struggling with since the news that diagnosis of cancer and the treatment that comes afterwards. I think over the last couple of days we've talked a lot my colleagues about many of the new therapies. That are available now and has made such a difference for patients. We have more and more patients who are surviving their cancers. Who are living for years after cancer diagnosis even if the disease can't fully eradicated. But that really only tells her this story. And IC patients every day who's taken me I am so grateful to be alive please don't take this the wrong way I am just tired of feeling. Tired and having pain and I think that this is kind of one of the other pieces. That Dina forever really seeks to treat the whole patient. And make sure that we're not just treat their disease but we're also. Really addressing the other. Problems that come with cancer diagnosis and treatment to Diana boy what you throughout the vacant senate how how does that how do well I'd. I'd like to sort of build on what Jennifer said it it's not just that. Does Jacobs senator John treats the whole patient. It treats a whole person. It's more than just being patient it's about. Growing and thriving. Beyond cancer. And so I made use of many of them programs at this Lincoln Center pint. Become I think I've probably healthier now than I was before I'm certainly more physically active right. Do women's exercise I do Tai chi and Qi gong I can rip yoga to pull bodies. When I've really taken advantage of all of those kinds of things that I've done some of the other kinds of complementary. Services that are less active Blake massage. And you know all every every one that I meet whether it's a teacher or another student there. Everybody's there because everybody wants everybody to be well and to be healthy and it's just a very affirming. Kind of culture and place. Used to be college professor now you're book yet. Talk to my friend and other and down your who has written several of them and then love editors path many candidates they're essential. Tell me about the process of editing something that maybe my friend down zero. Well no I'm not editing like that I'm an editor for where I'm pulling together essayist and on someone and eventually it will edit their their essays that I am actually constructing. Book it's it's what. It's the art at that particular artist she's American artist that's Paris. And it's I'm working with publisher in Europe in Miami numbered essays. About her work. Will present all for different pieces of work so yeah it's very different stories to do because as a professor. Management leadership communication nothing in the art world and I decided you know change my life in all kinds of ways it's. And that includes changes when they do for a living just from my experience Buick authors have to IT young. Saturday in favor of I remain very low quirky actually I would say that if you deal with artists need it and worse. You definitely need to heal this than others. But what the response would be figure page maybe wanted to try yoga or Friday night she can they're probably not expecting that to be part of the plan at all. Things I recently focuses on trees its activity. Affect the risk of developing answer what happens after some acts. So we have so much now that people who exercise. Although or risk their act which. Is really news that most people expect when you walk people through. Something you can yourself. One reason I started this is after treating patients keep them there for years people it means. Now. Tell. And we have all this research that she he takes money. Exercise. Eat better. There. Looking whether people. Exercising. We lost. Actually reduced their risk of cancer act surprised. Stars. Much. It's very important but it's just. About empowering people. And helping themselves. Feel better. After. And your husband's position that good news or bad news when your nation. He's actually not that this in the pharmaceutical industry cash. And it's. But I'd be really bad and he is couple completely support the idea that. You know along with surgery and chemotherapy. Medications you have to support the health the whole person. So he's a big supporter. You know you you you guys seem to be very at ease with you know relaying this information and talked about talking about what you've been through wondering. Was it difficult for you to share. Your story with your son. Or court to say hey look I'm sick this is what I'm going through that emotional or work what was that. Ironically. It wasn't difficult because it happened that he was home that day. When I got home and it was such an obvious thing that something was not okay. As we talked about it later it became a little more emotional vote right then I was in shock so. I wasn't particularly emotional it was sort of matter of fact. Later on it it sort of thinks and and then periodically it comes through even now you think you know there's uncertainty and abusive with the answer to. And I'm not an active treatment now. But that doesn't mean I won't be again I just don't know. Well we preach people to view taking the time to mean Diane stork breast cancer patient doctor Jennifer league bell. From the taken center for integrative therapies breast oncologist thank you guys are at thank you for your patience earlier as well. Lately and when yet to stand here and just listen to Zander Bogart's perfume that I didn't mind I know. I thought that thank you guys very much pregnancy thing here.