Counseling, Comfort and Care for Women
Barb Silver, R.N., director of the Women’s Health Resource Center
When Patricia Rosenberg learned she was BRCA2 positive, which put her at much higher risk of developing breast or gynecological cancer, she took decisive action. Less than two months after receiving the news, she underwent surgery at CPMC to remove her ovaries and had a double mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction, all in the same day.
By undergoing the preventative surgeries, her risk of contracting ovarian cancer dropped from 47 percent to less than 1 percent and her risk of breast cancer plummeted from 85 percent to around 5 percent. “I felt extremely fortunate to be able to take control of my health,” Patricia says,“but I also wanted to help women who weren’t so fortunate.”
At CPMC, women recovering from cancer surgeries have access to a full range of supportive services at the Women’s Health Resource Center including clinical consultations, nutrition advice, counseling, massage and much more. But surprisingly, Patricia chose not to use the center because she wasn’t technically a cancer patient. “My surgeries were preventative and I didn’t want to take away resources from those who really needed them,” she says. However, seeing the value of its services—and knowing they are available to all women, not just cancer patients—she and her husband Scott Nichols made a significant philanthropic investment in the center.
“What they provide here is so important,” Patricia says. “They give women who are often going through the worst physical and emotional situation of their lives counseling, comfort and care.” The center’s founding director and nurse practitioner Barb Silver says of Patricia, “She is a generous, lovely and wonderful woman—I adore her!”