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University team and leading-edge technologies help Minnetrista woman beat cancer—twice

Kathy Heins relishes time with her kids, Megan (12) and Jacob (9).

When Kathy Heins was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32, she chose to stay positive. “Hey, I’m not going to die from this,” she told her friends and family.

After she was treated at the Masonic Cancer Clinic at the University of Minnesota, the disease gradually faded into the background of her life.

Eight years later, Heins returned to the University for a routine visit with her new doctor, Douglas Yee, M.D., director of the Masonic Cancer Center. Yee recommended a new magnetic resonance imaging technology to screen Heins for any signs of a new cancer. The scan revealed another tiny new breast cancer—so small it could not be detected by a mammogram.

As a mother of two young children, Heins felt an even stronger resolve to overcome breast cancer this time. Now cancer-free, she appreciates Yee’s close attention and her chance to benefit from the latest research advances through the Masonic Cancer Center. Improved therapy, early detection, and swift action saved her life—twice.

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