The Story Half Told/ A Metastatic Breast Cancer Survivor Journey
by Pfizer Oncology
Meet Eustratios (Stratis) Bananis
Stratis Bananis earned his PhD with Honors in Biological Sciences from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Since earning his degree, he has worked in various capacities in the pharmaceutical industry including medical affairs in Greece and the US supporting multiple disease areas and medicines. Stratis has 12 years of experience in inflammation & immunology, 2 years in oncology and 25+ published articles in peer-reviewed journals. Stratis has been at Pfizer for 10 years and is currently a US Medical Affairs Director for Breast Cancer. Stratis is driven to providing medical and scientific leadership with integrity to enhance the knowledge and understanding of diseases and medicines that could improve the lives of patients.
Meet Beth Fairchild
Beth Fairchild is a mother and tattoo professional, living with metastatic breast cancer.
Beth’s metastatic breast cancer diagnosis in 2014 came as a surprise, as she had undergone a mammogram the month prior with clean results and had never experienced a lump in her breast before. However, breast cancer was nothing new to Beth, as her mother had been previously diagnosed with Stage II disease. Following her diagnosis, Beth was surprised with how much more there was to know about the disease and realized that the metastatic population was particularly underrepresented. She started a social movement, Stomp Out BC Monday, to raise awareness for MBC using the hashtag #DontIgnoreStageIV, which connected her to METAvivor, where she is currently a board member.
Beth works in the tattoo industry and owns five studios with her husband, where she specializes in areola tattoos for women who have undergone a mastectomy and permanent cosmetics. Beth enjoys being outdoors, particularly on the beach, and spending time with her husband, two teenage daughters and German Shepherds.