Living with
Breast Cancer

After having gone through breast cancer and four surgeries, I have a new outlook on life.

In 2015, Merck Animal Health employee Marion Weston was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Never in a million years would I have ever thought I was going to get a phone call as I pulled into my garage at 5 p.m saying ‘you have breast cancer’,” she remembers. “I sat in the garage, it was devastating. I called my mom, told my daughter ... I think my phone call to my daughter was the hardest.”

For a patient with breast cancer, as well as any patient with cancer, there are different steps in the process. The first is the surprise and realization that there is a disease that needs to be addressed. There can be fear about the future. And eventually, there is an adjustment and the realization that one has to do what needs to be done so that you can move forward with your life

– Vassiliki Karantza, M.D., senior director, Merck Clinical Research, Oncology

This is MARION’s story


About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.

In 2017, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the U.S., except for skin cancer.