The City of Hope Positive Image Center is dedicated to helping cancer patients preserve their sense of self throughout their treatment by providing oncology-trained, licensed cosmetologists who can help minimize the visual side effects of cancer. They also offer custom wig fittings, product consultations and complimentary haircuts and head shaves.
In Parts 1 and 2 of our City of Hope series, we spoke with a former City of Hope patient and a stylist who works in the Positive Image Center. Today, we’re talking to a City of Hope doctor who specializes in breast cancer surgery.
As a reminder, $5 from each Moroccanoil Protect & Prevent Spray purchase made through July 27th will benefit the Positive Image Center. You can also donate directly to City of Hope here or learn more about volunteer opportunities here.
What drew you to City of Hope?
The people. City of Hope has amazing clinicians, researchers and staff who are all passionate about fighting cancer. I wanted to be a part of that.
What is your specialization? How did you choose it?
I specialize in breast cancer surgery. I was really interested in women’s health and helping women live healthier, longer lives and so knew I wanted to do something to empower women. When I rotated through surgery, I was drawn to the ability it has to immediately impact a person’s condition. Breast surgery was the perfect fit for me.
How is City of Hope unlike other cancer treatment centers?
City of Hope is truly an innovative center with a family feel. It is rare to be able to combine the attentiveness of a smaller community with the advances provided by a huge academic center but City of Hope has both.
Have you noticed a difference in patient outlook after a visit to the Positive Image Center?
Definitely. The Positive Image Center helps women navigate big changes in their identity-such as changes to their hair or breasts. My patients cherish the role the Positive Image Center has played in getting them through treatments feeling their best selves.
How can people who are not medical professionals support those fighting cancer?
Listen, cry with them, laugh with them, and pray for them. It is a long road and I think my patients really just want to know they are not alone.