DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – When Dr. Eapen was in medical school, she did some research on a new cancer drug.
Little did she know years later that same drug would help save her life.
Eapen is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Duke University Hospital but while in medical school, she chose a research rotation studying a new cancer drug.
The project was studying how tumors are affected by different agents in the microscopic aspects of the tumor and how the tumor grows.
The research study was funded by the American Cancer Society, which is the WNCN 3-Degree Guarantee charity for August 2016.
Eapen has returned to work and is cancer free after two surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, but she has advice for everyone out there when it comes to cancer prevention.
“Breast self-exams are incredibly helpful because a lot of women are getting diagnosed outside the range of expected range for breast cancer.”