Hear candid conversations between people conquering cancer – patients, their family and friends, and doctors and researchers working to help us all.
Inspired to Become an Oncologist
When Dr. Brastianos was very young, her mother shared stories about the grandmother she never knew, a medical student in Greece who diagnosed herself with breast cancer. Her grandmother graduated from medical school and practiced medicine until she passed away at 29 from metastatic breast cancer.
The legend of her grandmother inspired Dr. Brastianos to become interested in medicine and in conquering cancer.
When she was in medical school, Dr. Brastianos’s mother was diagnosed with the same breast cancer that took her grandmother. She experienced her mother’s journey from diagnosis through treatment and ultimately to hospice. After her mother passed away, she made a commitment to find better treatment options for people with cancer
Dr. Brastianos talks to her mentor, Evanthia Galanis, MD, about combining her personal and professional lives and how her mother’s journey made her a better oncologist.