Renowned breast cancer surgeon opening local office



GREENFIELD — Hours after surgery to remove a cancerous lump from her right breast, Bette Towle was home, resting but alert.

Towle, 70, had a lumpectomy at Hancock Regional Hospital Wednesday, less than two weeks after learning she had breast cancer.

“To say, ‘I have cancer,’ it’s really a strange feeling,” Towle said.

An instructional assistant for first graders at Harris Elementary, Towle said it all happened very fast, but she wanted to have the surgery done while the students were on fall break so she wouldn’t have to take any days off from the job she loves.

On Wednesday, Towle was feeling good – thanks in large part to her surgeon, Timothy Goedde.

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