Episode 4 of the Intersection of Cancer and Life features Robin Browne. Robin is 31 years old, a stage IV breast cancer survivor, and a regular contributor to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website. She’s also the cohost of the podcast “That’s the Spirit” and is fascinated by all things spooky and dark. She has one cat and can usually be found watching reality TV in bed.
Robin was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at age 28 in 2015. She had been having pains on her right side and got a few ultrasounds/endoscopies to check and see what was going on, but those all came back clear. Following that, her left armpit started to hurt, so she made an appointment with a breast specialist. That doctor sent her to get a breast ultrasound right away, and within 24 hours of her initial breast appointment, she was told that this looked like cancer and to get ready for chemo. She started treatment within 2 weeks; Taxol, Herceptin and Perjeta. She did a few rounds, starting September 17, 2015, and on December 4, 2015 had her last chemo after her check-in PET scan came back NED (no evidence of disease). she still gets Herceptin and Perjeta infusions once every 3 weeks at Sloane Kettering. There are currently no plans to stop her treatment regiment since it appears to be working.