"Thank you UH for your unbelievable care and attention."
Symone Fields

The Face of Survival

Symone Fields was just 26 years old when she found a lump in her left breast. Tests confirmed what Symone feared. She was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. "My entire world froze," she said.

With her mother by her side, Symone met with her medical team at UH Seidman Cancer Center, led by Robert Shenk, MD, Maryann Z. and Larry Kennedy Master Clinician in Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Intervention and Director, UH Breast Center. "Our goal, for all patients, is to get them to survivorship and ensure they feel supported from day one," said Dr. Shenk.

Symone learned that lifesaving cancer drugs could jeopardize her fertility. She wanted to have children someday so before treatment, she had her eggs harvested and preserved at UH Cleveland Medical Center. "Thanks to UH, I don't have to rule out being a mom. I still have that option down the road."

In the following months, Symone began aggressive chemotherapy under the care of oncologist Paula Silverman, MD, Medical Director of Infusion Services and Director of the Breast Cancer Program at UH Seidman Cancer Center. In February 2017, she had surgery at UH Ahuja Medical Center to remove the remaining tumor and started radiation treatments.

Now cancer free, Symone gives thanks to her family, friends and the staff at UH for helping her through difficult times. "My team of doctors and nurses were always calm, comforting and soothing," she recalled. "They gave me hope and strength when I needed it most."