Wellstar Community Report – July 2018 - June 2020

NANCARE A Life-Changing Decision

It had been eight years since Nan Harman-Dempsey had undergone a mammogram when she was persuaded by her Wellstar internist, Robert Young, M.D., to get tested. As it turns out, the busy Alpharetta attorney had cause for concern. Because her breast cancer was caught in the early stage, Nan was a candidate for a groundbreaking surgery known as intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). In fact, she was the first Wellstar patient to undergo IORT, performed at Wellstar North Fulton Hospital. In a single procedure, the tumor is removed and a source of intensive radiation is introduced. Nan was able to return home the same day and enjoyed a quick and successful recovery. “Since I was so close to home, it took a lot of the stress and pressure offme. Don’t put off your mammogram. It could save your life!” – Nan Harman-Dempsey

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