Voices Podcast – Season 2 Episode #3: Then and Now with Male Breast Cancer Survivor Mike Johnston

January 26, 2018

When Mike Johnston felt a lump in his chest in 2009, he assumed it was a side effect of a high blood pressure medication. But after a routine doctor’s visit, followed by a mammogram and ultrasound, Johnston’s diagnosis was confirmed: He had male breast cancer.

Mike Johnston, breast cancer
Johnston and his wife, Paula, visiting Scotland in 2016.
Mike Johnston, breast cancer
The Johnston family celebrating the end of treatment.

Only 2,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Johnston shares his unique journey as one of those men in our next episode of Voices: Then and Now. He is also joined by his wife, Paula, and sister, Jackie, to talk about what the experience was like for the family, and how life for all of them has changed since then.

In the second season of our Voices podcast series, we invite Dana-Farber patients to share their experiences being diagnosed with and treated for cancer, and discuss with a caregiver how the experience shaped them, how they are doing now, and what advice they have for other patients. Visit Dana-Farber’s podcast page for more information on other cancer podcast series.