Pitt Discovers

Nancy Davidson

Physician-Scientist and Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

The hardest part of her diagnosis, says Harriet Legum, was opening the door at home to tell her son and daughter that she had breast cancer. The Baltimore-area mother of two received the diagnosis in 1987, when breast cancer was still very much a disease of whispers, of unknowns.

“But the reassurance from my oncologist made me feel that I was going to be OK,” she says, “or at least that everything was finally being done the right way for me.”