Jennifer's Story: Ringing in New Life After Breast Cancer

Northwestern Medicine
Cancer Care/Oncology June 05, 2014
Jennifer Rosenberg recently celebrated the end of her breast cancer treatment, a journey that began after she felt three suspicious lumps during a self examination. But her celebration was not a quiet one. On her final day of treatment in Northwestern Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology, Rosenberg’s family, friends and healthcare team gathered around her as she struck a large brass gong to mark the special occasion. 

The act of hitting the gong and having its sound ring out is not only an act of celebration for the patients who have completed their treatment, but one that resonates with the radiation oncology staff and fellow patients alike.
“The gong is an outward representation of a dramatic celebration,” said John P. Hayes, MD, medical director for Radiation Oncology at Northwestern Medicine and member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Hayes, who led Rosenberg’s treatment team, added that the gong represents an undeniable way for a cancer patient to say “I’ve made it to the top of mountain and I’ve gotten off the mountain.”

Watch the video below to learn more about Rosenberg’s story and to watch her ringing in her new lease on life with her two children.


The gongs patients use in these celebrations were gifts made possible by Eileen and Rob Stein through the ICARE Fund.

To learn more about the Northwestern Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology call 312.926.2520.
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