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The one hundred honoree: Alphonse Taghian, MD, PhD

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The one hundred honoree: Alphonse Taghian, MD, PhD

Mass General Giving

“In 2001, at age 36, I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. With four children eight years old and younger, I was devastated to learn I had a 7 cm tumor. I was scheduled for a mastectomy at a suburban hospital but then turned to Mass General. After a wonderful response to a clinical trial led by Dr. Taghian, I was able to undergo a lumpectomy instead of mastectomy.

Dr. Taghian is one of the most dedicated and compassionate doctors I have known. Along with exceptional medical care, he provided guidance and encouragement throughout that long year at Mass General. He cares about all the needs of his patients as human beings. His many other patients share my gratitude for going through such a debilitating experience with a physician who gives us hope when odds and statistics are not always on our side. Seven years later, I am cancer-free thanks to the care I received from Mass General and Dr. Taghian.”

— Marie Doherty