We have lost a Latin jazz band leader, vocalist, and musician to breast cancer. Norma Zenteno, 60, of Houston, Texas had been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer early this January. By January 17, she had been biopsied and told to stop playing guitar for a while. Norma got married to her partner Stephen Shaw on January 28th, 2013. She would start chemotherapy for the cancer soon afterwards.
Zenteno's band, including her brothers, continued to play their scheduled appearances. Once known not only for her music but also for her beauty and long dark hair, Norma Zenteno chose to cut her locks short before starting chemo. On February 4 her chemo port was implanted and treatments began on February 7. Just 13 days later, after having bad side effects, she was admitted to the hospital and taken to the ICU. Her kidneys began to falter, so dialysis was tried. In the wee hours of the next morning, she went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated. Doctors made tests and tried to see if a kidney infection was present. Test results were inconclusive. Her health continued to deteriorate, and on February 22, she passed away.
Her supportive family had put together a benefit for February 24,which became more of a memorial for Norma Zenteno. Her funeral will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013. Father Salvatore DeGeorge performed the ceremony and was also present in the hospital the day before she died.
This is really shocking to me. Nobody should go from Stage 2 to having a memorial service that quick. I am concerned about the communication between the family and the doctors about Norma Zenteno's diagnosis. What did the doctors tell this patient about her cancer? Did she know what might happen? Was that what sparked the wedding? Something was very aggressive about this tumor - and information like that should be made plain to the patient. Every patient and their supporters should know what they are facing and what to expect from the medical establishment. Demand a clear explanation of your diagnosis, and if you don't get it, please take time to go for a second opinion.
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