Peruzzi V. Summa Medical Plan
Gloria Peruzzi was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 1993 and soon thereafter underwent a radical mastectomy and lymph node dissection. Mrs. Peruzzi’s doctors concluded that she needed further treatment to prevent the cancer from developing further and spreading. She underwent standard chemotherapy and chest radiation therapy that her doctors concluded were successful. The doctors were concerned with the risk of recurrence, and they advised Mrs. Peruzzi to undergo an additional treatment consisting of high dose chemotherapy followed by bone marrow transplantation. The high doses of chemotherapy are especially toxic to the bone marrow and require an infusion of the patient’s own bone marrow cells.