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Published on April 17, 2015

Sonia Barrientos & Breast Cancer

Sonia Barrientos
Patient: Sonia Barrientos, Silver Spring, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare White Oak Breast Center

Service: Breast Cancer

Doctor: Cynthia Plate, MD

Sonia Barrientos gets a mammogram every year. The Silver Spring wife and mom is especially diligent because her sister died of breast cancer four years ago.

At her annual screening in August 2014, doctors discovered a lump. She soon underwent a biopsy with Sonya Kella, MD, at the Shady Grove Breast Center in Rockville. The lump was not cancerous; however, Barrientos still wanted it removed because of what had happened to her sister. She was leaving nothing to chance.

That’s when Barrientos met Cynthia Plate, MD, a breast surgeon at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital and medical director of the Adventist HealthCare White Oak Breast Center. “Thanks to God that he put me in such good hands,” Barrientos says. During her surgery to remove the noncancerous lump, Dr. Plate discovered a second lump that turned out to be cancerous.

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