Katherine O'Brien

Katherine O’Brien, of Chicago, was diagnosed with metastatic, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer at age 43 in 2009. It was a de novo metastatic diagnosis, meaning the cancer was metastatic by the time it was first detected. She is currently on nab-paclitaxel (Abraxane), her seventh line of treatment for breast cancer.

After attending the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network's 2010 national conference in Indianapolis, Katherine joined the organization and currently serves as secretary.

For many years, Katherine edited a trade magazine for commercial printers. She enjoys volunteering her professional communication skills with MBCN as well as many other groups including the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and SHARE Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support.

With LBBC's Cathy Ormerod, Katherine co-authored articles and petitions calling for SEER to accurately count the number of people living with metastatic breast cancer in the U.S. She is a Project Lead graduate and has represented MBCN at ASCO, SABCS, and other breast cancer conferences.  She also co-moderates a closed Facebook support group for people with metastatic breast cancer.