On a recent Friday evening, as Lauren Skerritt ’14 and her internship supervisor, oncologist Dr. Catheryn Yashar, were packing up to go home after a long week, they began talking about the starker realities of treating cancer patients.
“I asked her how she handles all these patients,” Skerritt recalled. “There are success stories but there is sadness. There are patients who don’t survive.” Dr. Yashar confessed that even after 22 years of working in the field of breast and cervical cancers, she still cries with patients. “But she said she loves what she does even though there is heartache. She thinks it is the hope that they can do well that pushes her along.”