Palau’s Jenn Lyon will soon begin chemo for stage three breast cancer

Survivor Palau‘s Jenn Lyon writes in People this week about her current treatment for stage three breast cancer. Jenn reached the final four in Palau, but lost a tie-breaker at Tribal Council to Ian, and became one of the few people to leave the game without being voted off.

Jenn writes that, last summer, she discovered a number of lumps in her breast. “I thought it was probably scar tissue related to my breast implants. So I let it go–for a long time.” She continues, “I got my saline implants six years ago. It was just something in my head that I thought I needed to do for self-esteem, to balance myself out. Before, I was a large A-cup, and the implants changed me to a small C-cup.”

Once she was finally diagnosed with breast cancer, she “opted to get a modified, radical bilateral mastectomy on Aug. 29 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A surgeon removed both my breasts and 29 lymph nodes,” she writes. Now, she’s about to “start a four- to six-month course of chemotherapy, followed by tamoxifen, a drug designed to prevent a recurrence.”

She also had surgery “to make room for the new implants–smaller silicone implants this time. A second operation Oct. 5 completed the process. My new implants have been a huge boost to my spirit,” she writes.

Former Survivor Battles Breast Cancer [People]

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