Breast Cancer Survivor, Advocate Honored by Radiation Oncologists

December 11, 2006

Andrea Caruso has survived thyroid and breast cancers.

University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology recently honored Andrea Caruso for her zest for life and commitment to supporting people with cancer.

Caruso, a two-time cancer survivor, received the Nathaniel Rutter Inspirational Patient Award Saturday.

“Andrea is an outstanding example of someone who faced the challenge of cancer and through personal determination and perseverance has overcome it and then gone on to support others in a very significant way,” said Marilyn Ling, M.D., assistant professor of Radiation Oncology.

Caruso, a labor and delivery nurse, is mother of two daughters and also a marathon runner.  She was treated for thyroid cancer in 2001 and three years later faced a breast cancer diagnosis.  During her treatment at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, Caruso realized the financial strain of treatment and its potentially devastating short- and long-term affects on breast cancer victims and their families.

She created Sensational In Survival, a photo calendar featuring Rochester area women with breast cancer, to collect and distribute funding to others who need financial assistance during their care.

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