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Format: 04/16/2014
Format: 04/16/2014


Washington Observer-Reporter: Breast cancer survivor: Education lifelong journey

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Terri T. Johnson

Staff Writer

McMURRAY – Lee Ann Dobson is a breast cancer survivor, being cancer-free for more than 35 years. She knows she’s one of the lucky ones.

A registered nurse with a master’s degree in professional leadership and health service education, Dobson, now 58, is one of only two nurses from Western Pennsylvania credentialed as a Certified Breast Care Nurse. The certification was awarded by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corp., an affiliated organization of the Oncology Nursing Society.


“It was the end of my career when I got into it, but I love it,” Dobson said. “I was working part time as an operating room nurse, but with three kids in college, I had to get a full-time job.”
She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Virginia University.

Dobson applied and was hired to work in the office of Dr. Donald Keenan, a breast cancer surgeon on staff at Canonsburg Hospital and with an office in Peters Township.

Still able to recall the day she first felt the lump in her breast while applying suntan lotion more than three decades ago, Dobson knows the importance of good breast care.

“I’m dedicated to trying to get myself educated and up to date,” Dobson said of her reason to seek the certification. “Things are always changing.”

She is there to help women – and men – deal with the knowledge they have breast cancer.

To read more, visit the Observer-Reporter web site.


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