Memorial Sloan Kettering

October 2020 Newsletter

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INSIDE: Data Transforms Care | A Tax-Smart Giving Option | Do More With Your Donor-Advised Fund Born and raised in New Jersey, Sue Bruno never met a challenge she couldn't overcome. As a wife, mother of adult twin daughters, and the managing director of a large local business, Sue was the glue that held her family and workplace together. Then doctors discovered a large tumor in her kidney. Because Sue was born with only one functional kidney, kidney cancer was a dire diagnosis. Physicians at several area hospitals stated that having the organ removed—and spending the rest of her life on dialysis— offered Sue the best chance of survival. But for a woman as active as Sue is, dialysis was unthinkable. She turned to the experts at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) for a second opinion. "I'm the person who takes care of everybody. It's not me who's the person who gets taken care of, but I knew I had to look for the best care possible," she says. A BETTER OPTION At MSK, medical oncologist Dr. Darren Feldman and urologic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Coleman knew there was a better option. Dr. Coleman was able to use a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove Sue's tumor while saving her kidney. After the cancer returned, in her lungs, several months later, Sue was offered immunotherapy, a treatment that empowers the patient's own immune system to fight off the cancer, which she received as part Sue's Story Reflecting on the Future | Fall 2020 Sue Bruno participated in a clinical trial using immunotherapy to treat and cure her cancer. Continued on Page 2 I say a lot of times to my daughters, the only thing you can't get more of in life is time. You can get more stuff…but what you can't get any more of in life is time. What MSK gave me is time. —Sue Bruno, cancer survivor and MSK patient

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