Allentown resident Tammy Bauer, 49, is no stranger to cancer. Over the years, she has spent a lot of time in waiting and exam room chairs, serving as a caregiver for her mom, Carol, who faced pancreatic cancer for more than seven years.
But about five years ago, Bauer found herself as the patient when she was diagnosed with an early-stage melanoma (a type of skin cancer) on her lower back.
“While it was scary at the time, I felt better knowing it was only stage 1,” Bauer says. “I had surgery to remove the spot, and my care team was confident it wouldn’t come back.”
After her procedure, Bauer returned to her role as caregiver, the only reminder of her cancer being regular checkups with her dermatologist.
However, her cancer journey was far from over.