BRAVE Ambassador Lani Boyer
In February 2016, Lani Boyer was diagnosed with breast cancer in her left breast at age 46, despite having no family history of breast cancer, during a routine sonogram.
Going to her regular screening saved her life! During her sonogram, the technician said, “Uh oh, that doesn’t look good.” A biopsy was performed a few days later, and Lani was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma. She remembers getting the news from her doctor while at work, being completely shocked, and having absolutely no idea what to do next. She learned the next steps would be to have an MRI to better learn the extent of the disease and then to find a breast surgeon.
After consulting two breast surgeons who interpreted the MRI results differently, she chose to be treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where she underwent a left breast mastectomy in May 2016. The cancer was confirmed as ER+ / PR+, Stage 1a.
The largest tumor (1.1 cm) underwent OncoType Dx genetic testing, which showed that the chance of recurrence was about the same with and without chemotherapy. Lani then had a tough decision to make, and worked with her oncologist to determine that she would not undergo chemotherapy, but would instead continue on to hormone therapy. This meant that she could have reconstructive surgery 3 months after the initial mastectomy surgery (during which a tissue expander had been implanted to prepare for eventual reconstruction in a second operation). She chose silicone implants for her reconstruction, which was completed in August 2016, and has been very happy with the results.
Lani is thrilled to be five years cancer-free, and hopes that by sharing her story, she will be helping women who are going through a similar journey. In her free time, Lani enjoys cooking plant-based meals for herself and her husband, practicing yoga, working out daily, playing the ukulele and piano, reading historical fiction, and hanging out with her tuxedo cat, Steinway.