Kristen Dahlgren, 47, revealed she is cancer-free in a new tweet.
The NBC News correspondent completed 25 rounds of radiation and eight rounds of chemotherapy to treat breast cancer.
Kristen Dahlgren announced that she is cancer-free after completing several rounds of radiation and chemotherapy for breast cancer since her diagnosis in September 2019. The NBC News correspondent announced the news to Twitter alongside a photo of her wearing a face mask.
“After 8 rounds of chemo and 25 rounds of radiation I AM DONE WITH CANCER TREATMENT!!” she wrote. “No hugs or high 5s… not even a bell to ring because of #COVID. But tears of gratitude for the #HealthcareHeroes who helped me and all of the support I received. #THANKYOU #cancerfree.”
Dahlgren said that when it came time to for radiation, she felt “alone” walking into the hospital. “When I started chemotherapy, my husband held my hand. When I woke up from surgery, he was the first thing I saw, but that was before every extra person in a facility brought the threat of coronavirus,” she said. “Visitors are now banned, except for those at the end of life, or for children, who can have just one parent at their side.”
She wondered how she would stay virus-free as she underwent treatment five days a week for five weeks, especially being immunocompromised.
On March 16, Dahlgren tweeted that her radiation was delayed, impacting her ability to get treatment. “Just found out my radiation—which was supposed to start this week—is being delayed,” she said, encouraging others to follow social distancing guidelines. “I’m through chemo and surgery and trust my doctors that I’m safe, but PLEASE do what you can to #FlattenTheCurve. Hospitals need to be safe enough for cancer patients to start/continue treatment!”
Just found out my radiation- which was supposed to start this week- is being delayed. I’m through chemo and surgery & trust my Drs that I’m safe, but PLEASE do what you can to #FlattenTheCurve . Hospitals need to be safe enough for cancer patients to start/continue treatment!
— Kristen Dahlgren (@kristendahlgren) March 16, 2020
Dahlgren was looking forward to radiation because it was her last treatment since being diagnosed with breast cancer. “Shortly after my breast cancer diagnosis last September, I began four months of chemotherapy. Early this year, I had my surgery. All things considered, I was feeling pretty good. I pictured myself sailing through radiation, with an eye on remission and a full return to my life,” she wrote.
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