Fox News Cancer Doc Diagnosed With Cancer

In February 2011 on February 24, 2011 at 6:55 am

Dr. Cynara Coomer says it has given her “a better understanding” of what her patients are going through.

January 12 ,2011 By THR staff
Dr. Cynara Coomer

Fox News on-air health contributor Dr. Cynara Coomer was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last month — just four weeks after the birth of her daughter, Olivia.

The 39-year-old Coomer — who specializes in breast cancer and is the chief of breast surgery at Staten Island University Hospital — revealed her diagnosis on her blog, stressing to viewers the importance of getting their thyroids checked.
She was diagnosed with a type of thyroid cancer that has an 80 to 90 percent survival rate.
She underwent successful surgery Jan. 6.
“It still makes your heart skip a beat and takes your breath away for a second,” she says of learning her cancer diagnosis. “Fortunately, knowing what I know, I knew it was a treatable cancer, but still having to go through those emotions and getting the diagnosis is a bit overwhelming.
“As a physician, you feel like your body won’t let you down, and that this won’t happen to you, or that, if it does, it will happen later in life,” she says. “I have a big heart for my patients that have to go through cancer treatments,” she says. “This gives me a better understanding on an emotional and psychological level about what they’re going through.
“It’s a reality check for our sense of mortality.”


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