Elissa Bantug

Elissa Bantug

Elissa Bantug

Elissa Thorner Bantug, MHS, of Baltimore, Maryland, is a two-time cancer survivor. After finding a lump in her breast at the age of 21, it took Ms. Bantug eighteen months to find a doctor who would be willing to order a mammogram. Her first breast cancer diagnosis was at the age of 23. Two years later, on her 25 birthday, she was diagnosed for a second time with breast cancer. Ms. Bantug is an outspoken advocate for women living with breast cancer and has first-hand experience with some of the many concerns breast cancer can create such as coping with long term side effects, fertility, negotiating with employers while in treatment, survivorship care planning, navigating between medical professionals, and obtaining insurance.  She has appeared in multiple local and national television interviews, newspaper articles, magazine publications, and radio discussions speaking out about the unique barriers and challenges women with breast cancer face. Ms. Bantug holds an undergraduate degree form Georgetown University in Women's Health and a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Health Promotion and Health Education with a concentration in Women's Health Issues.  She currently works as Project Coordinator of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.