UW—Madison study hopes to learn from group of medically extraordinary women who have survived breast cancer

Ellen Henning, a retired farmer from near Prairie du Sac, has been living with breast cancer for nearly 40 years, even though it has spread to other parts of her body.

The same is true for Peg Geisler, 81, of Madison, a retired UW-Madison administrator whom doctors also consider an “exceptional long-term survivor” of metastatic breast cancer.

Tammy Mocarski, too, has beaten the odds, surviving five recurrences of breast cancer. It was diagnosed in 2001, when the De Pere woman was 36 and had four young sons. To her surprise, she has lived to send them off to college.

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