Breast Cancer Support - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe Sparks News, Weather, Video

Breast Cancer Support

Posted: Updated:

When Mary Nagy was diagnosed with breast cancer -- the support from her husband, family and friends was vital.

"Just having those people behind me and knowing that they were there, it was doable."

Mary needed two surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy, which took a heavy toll on the mother of two.

"I truly thought Mary was going to die at one point," says mother Betty Priszynski.

But they dealt with Mary's cancer together. Her mom Betty and her sister Suzy helped with chores and errands.

"It was always just pick up the boys for her, keep them for a while, bring her dinner if she needed it. Or on a good day we go out shopping," says sister Suzy Rice.

Mary adds, "It would really take my mind off a lot of what was going on."

A new Kaiser Permanente study finds that close relationships can help breast cancer patients deal with pain and other physical symptoms better.

"Having more friends and family engaged with you actually led to those women having a better quality of life, a better physical quality of life."

Oncologist doctor Joanne Schottinger says she takes social support into consideration when treating patients.

"That we assess how much support they have and try to refer someone and help them if it looks like they need more."

Mary has been cancer-free now for more than 7 years.

Suzy: We did a lot of laughing.

Betty: We did.

Mary: We had to.Yeah, we still do.

And celebrates each day with her mom and sister by her side.

Women who had little or no positive social interactions were 3 times more likely to report a low quality of life and greater physical symptoms.

  • Kristen Remington's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • Painting without Pain: Medtronic Drug Pump

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:15 PM EDT2017-08-17 01:15:05 GMT

    A man born with cerebral palsy had a tough go for many years. He lived in constant pain - up until fairly recently. Find out what changed and why his world is now more colorful than ever before in Health Watch.

    More >>

    A man born with cerebral palsy had a tough go for many years. He lived in constant pain - up until fairly recently. Find out what changed and why his world is now more colorful than ever before in Health Watch.

    More >>
  • Ask the Doctor: Shoulder Pain

    Ask the Doctor: Shoulder Pain

    Monday, August 14 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-08-14 21:31:52 GMT

    Not all shoulder pain is the same. So, how do you know if you're a candidate for surgery? We're talking about the options in tonight's Ask the Doctor segment.

    More >>

    Not all shoulder pain is the same. So, how do you know if you're a candidate for surgery? We're talking about the options in tonight's Ask the Doctor segment.

    More >>
  • Senator Cortez Masto Visits Opioid Treatment Center

    Senator Cortez Masto Visits Opioid Treatment Center

    Friday, August 11 2017 8:33 PM EDT2017-08-12 00:33:47 GMT

    Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto visited the Crossroads housing program's main campus on Friday. Her visit comes one day after President Trump called the opioid crisis an emergency.

    More >>

    Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto visited the Crossroads housing program's main campus on Friday. Her visit comes one day after President Trump called the opioid crisis an emergency.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.