Doctor Who Treated Her Own Breast Cancer at South Pole…Has Died

By Tom Johnson

Jun 24, 2009 10:14am

Sad news today.  We learned that Dr. Jerri Nielsen has passed away.  You'll remember the incredible drama that Dr. Nielsen survived

She was serving as physician for 40 men and women at a research base at the South Pole.  In 1999 she discovered a lump in her breast.  There was no way to reach her with medical care, the weather was impassable. 

Dr. Nielsen diagnosed her own breast cancer performing a biopsy with the help of stateside specialists sending instructions via email.  She even treated herself with chemotherapy air dropped in.  Incredible courage and ingenuity.

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