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The Words of Our Patients Say It Best

Our primary goal is to provide the best cancer care possible, and while we receive recognition and awards, nothing compares to the honor of hearing from our cancer survivors. These stories provide future patients with indispensable insight into the treatment process, how it feels to be diagnosed, support services and Maimonides' approach to patients and their medical care. 

Fighting Cancer Brings Brooklyn Women Together 

Four women received a diagnosis of breast cancer at an early age.  Looking for support, they found each other through the Maimonides Breast Cancer Program.


Vanessa Richardson refuses to be defined by breast cancer

Vanessa Richardson, a Maimonides breast cancer survivor, talks about the range of emotions she felt after being diagnosed with breast cancer and the moment she learned she was cancer-free.


Lydia Falco shares lessons learned in her fight against breast cancer

Lydia Falco, a breast cancer survivor, expresses her joy at living life each day to the fullest. She also talks about what made her treatment, and the people she met at Maimonides, such an important part of her journey.


Theresa Lana tells her story

Theresa tells the story of her diagnosis of breast cancer, her treatment, and shares helpful words for those just beginning the process.


Marlena Ortiz talks about receiving her breast cancer diagnosis so early in life

Diagnosed with stage II breast cancer was unexpected and frightening, but Marlena took that experience and created something positive for others.


Raymond Lazzara tells a story of gratitude

A Maimonides Cancer Center patient writes a thank you note as he reflects on his experience with the staff and care at Maimonides Medical Center.