In 2015, Chesney Berzins was diagnosed with gastric carcinoma, or stomach cancer. Her diagnosis came after the discovery that Chesney and her family are afflicted with the CDH1 gene mutation, which is associated with a number of hereditary cancers.
At age 23, Chesney underwent a total gastrectomy to remove the cancer and prevent it from recurring. Two years later, she went on to win the 2018 Mrs. Texas pageant.
Her surgeon, Dr. George Van Buren, II, a surgical oncologist at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses this rare cancer and Chesney’s journey in the video below.
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