OMF - Sandy Cassanelli, 41, breast cancer, Glastonbury, CT

Sandy was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2013. The diagnosis came as a total shock. Sandy was only 36 years old and was in the best shape of her life. Sandy was treated at a hospital close to her home in Glastonbury, CT. She went into remission but unfortunately her cancer returned in 2015 and spread to her liver. Sandy said, “When I heard my cancer was metastatic I thought I was going to
die. My daughters would have no mom. But it turns out that with the right care, many women can live well with this disease." Sandy decided to come to Dana-Farber for treatment of her metastatic breast
cancer. Sandy has been in treatment for her metastatic breast cancer for the last two years. She feels great and her current therapy is a combination of two oral drugs that target genetic vulnerabilities in her tumor. Sandy and her husband Craig have two daughters, Samantha, 15, and Amanda, 11. She is the CEO and co-owner of a distributorship in Western Mass.


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