X-ray tech battled breast cancer at 28

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Noemi D. Sanchez’s 2015 breast cancer diagnosis took her breasts and hair but not her fighting spirit. Sanchez, a woman of God, endured a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

An X-ray and computerized axial tomography technician, Sanchez was 28 years old when, during a self-examination, she discovered a lump on her right breast.

After researching, Sanchez said she discovered that 80 percent of lumps are benign but she booked an appointment with her primary caregiver to be sure.

Dr. Clifford White requested an ultrasound be performed at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, where Sanchez is employed.

There, Dr. Jared T. Reading recommended Sanchez have the lump removed. Dr. Sandra E. Boenig performed the lymphadenectomy, the surgical removal of one or more groups of lymph nodes. “They sent it for a biopsy and it came back positive,” Sanchez said of her Oct. 2, 2015, breast cancer diagnosis. Sanchez has no family history of cancer.

“I was scared, nervous and in complete shock. I was afraid of what was going to happen. I didn’t know anything about cancer so the unknown is what scared me,” Sanchez said.


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