OMF - Allie Young, 36, breast cancer, Needham with Dr. Hal Burstein, senior physician, Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber and Beth O'Reilly, nurse practitioner, Breast Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 8-21-18

Allie Young felt a lump in her breast while breastfeeding her infant son earlier this year. She was subsequently diagnosed with HER-2 positive breast cancer.

Allie went to Dana-Farber where her treatment has included surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and radiation. Allie has been in treatment for seven months so far, and she has another 7 months of targeted antibody therapy to complete.

Through her treatment, Allie has had husband Seamus, daughters Reagan, who is almost 5, and 3-year-old Caroline, and 11-month-old son Owen by her side. The hardest part of cancer and treatment for Allie has been worrying about the impact on her kids and balancing the need to care for herself while still being a mother and wife. 

Allie loves being outside and active with her family. They love to hike, ski, swim, sightsee and take advantage of all Boston and New England has to offer.

Allie works as a stock trader for a mutual fund company.

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Mean attribution to Allie young who. It's for a new master it's great to meet Alan nice and this is Bill O'Reilly the nurse practitioner. And our old friend helpers they who's been out of here for a zillion years. Seventy. What they've warned it. Which it was fortunate which is unbelievable so well yeah lets you tell your story so apparently you were simply doing what most women do that breast feed your son and then what happened. So I had given birth to my third child in September. And he was about four months old and I felt the lump in my breast and I was breastfeeding. You know I think kind of similar to how it happens a lot of women my age you find something and you never in a million years stinky could be cancer. I think a lot of things went through my head that but absolutely at 36 years old with three kids under five never expected to have breast cancer. But out of an abundance of caution called my doctor Ayman was very grateful that they sent me for imaging and biopsy. An and I got the call that it was in fact cancer. So I think you know lists very emotional time for us but we found a way to Dana Farber and doctor bursting in to back then and it's actually been. A journey for me that on I think has a lot of positive experiences and. I think a lot of parents out there and speak vote you have children it's a viewer vote. Everything from the trap right that red spot you locate you is everything right in the for everything for use it that you. You up breastfeeding your third child now now it's it's you know that's the concern was that like for you and your husband owned the. Yeah I think my husband will be the first to say that I tend to be a little bit of a hypochondriac can always happen so the especially with the kids myself. So you know I think the fact that I took us a little bit. More seriously was in my nature and something I'm very grateful for. But obviously when I got the diagnosis most people I think when they get cancer diagnosis thing. A lot of different things but for me the biggest thing was thinking about the kids so you know we have three young kids under five and for me it was what does this diagnosis means for them what is the treatment mean for them what is the next year of their life going to be like. And you know I think we spent a lot of time with my husband and I focused on the Amman and you know was a blessing in the sense that. We had them to keep us busy and to them to focus on during treatment but also of the glorious young parent. So your best Bill O'Reilly your series and you're nurse practitioner. Yes so she knows you mentioned the the treatment and care what kind of goes into that that she walks into the. The hospital what happens so she comes at a hospital and she sees doctor bursting and I am meet. Look at her pathology which of the slides from the tumor and then decide what is the best treatment for her. In her case she needed chemotherapy. And she is continues to get that every three weeks now. And we have a real multi disciplinary team with social workers and nurses. All sorts of people that that really come together to really provide the best care for her. And I think a big thing for me going into this journey was. You know taking advantage of all of the services that Dana Farber has to offer on you know we. Not only met with doctor bursting in and that's another nurses and doctors but also we took full advantage of the social work organization at Dana Farber. You know it was very scary for both my husband and I think about how to talk to our children about cancer you know we grew up in a world where. I think the word cancer had a statement to let and we learned pretty quickly that the word didn't really mean much to our children and in trying to figure out how to talk to them about you know what was gonna happen and what side effects they were gonna see how I was going to be feeling. We felt like we had a huge army behind us it Dana Farber of people that help us with those conversations and throughout. And I think it was really touching for us to have everyone throughout my journey aways asked how our kids war. You know any person I've seen throughout any part of my treatment and they always ask about the kids they're always there to offer help on him to kind of make sure our kids are doing my own mystery its. What type of advancements that have we made you doc notes credible because years ago. When it completely partners greens sub specialist agents that we have experts in cancer genetics who meet young women who to see if they have a hereditary risk of breast cancer we have social workers in the whole program for young women with breast cancer. We actually have specialist who particularly take care women were diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy. And one of the things that Alley was able to get with the treatment program we did a few years ago which was supported by research dollars from programs like this. Where we actually showed we could do a little bit less in the way of chemotherapy treatment and still get excellent results. So what she certainly had an intensive treatment program. We've been able to treat her with less intensive chemotherapy and her four payers and we still see results that are every bit as good because they're targeted therapies it's a great triumph. Darker by the finale and she's young. 36 years old is that is it. As far as breast cancer goes this is that more common error or younger in nature is it just seems like a little. She is usually on the average age for breast cancer United States is between 55 and 65. But at a place like the Farber we encounter lots of atypical situations we've seen lots of young women who have breast cancer and one of the fun things about practicing there is to have this degree of specials patient care that allows us to take really great care of women who were younger than average and and have all these concerns about things like fertility and how to take care of family and all the things that you are expected to deal with when you're 36 year old mom. Yes they seem like a dumb question but if you if you realize yet alone while you're breastfeeding. As we've had people on before who found out that cancer when they were pregnant yet that they were able to go to term there's it was fine. Was that a situation where no breastfeeding whatsoever is that I. It was with yup so on some very quickly the first ever diagnosed in the first things we found out was that I had to stop breastfeeding right away. And something that acting you know could've been a very emotional thing that I think you know for both my husband and I was. Okay this is what's happening this is what we have to do I have to get healthy let's move on to the next thing so I'm so was something that had to change quickly. But I felt like it was just another part of my cancer journey you know the first thing I faced in my treatment surgeries are getting ready for surgery and stopping brushing he kind of came hand in hand. And so we can move forward from there so I feel now I feel great feel really connected I finished radiation a couple of weeks ago for a and you have so far so good. Good what you're a good place and you with good people. And it's all gonna work out terrific and you got a wonderful. Beautiful family over there and sells continued great success great health thing yeah thank it was great meeting you know look into getting.