Cancer Survivor & Journalist
Diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 1986 at the age of 37, Kathy LaTour underwent a modified radical mastectomy and chemotherapy. Since her diagnosis of breast cancer, LaTour has been active in the national survivor community, speaking to survivor, medical, and lay audiences from coast to coast. She experienced a second diagnosis of breast cancer resulting in a second mastectomy in fall 2007, putting her in the unique perspective of being both a long-term survivor and a new survivor. Read More >
Kathy LaTour speaks to the heart of the cancer experience with humor and knowledge, taking her own experience as a two-time breast cancer survivor and weaving it into a compelling, educational, and entertaining experience for anyone touched by cancer. As one audience member said, “I was laughing and crying at the same time.”
"In the often uncertain world of cancer survivorship, Kathy LaTour is a powerful presence who both calms and uplifts fellow cancer survivors through her relatable and sidesplitting one-woman show. Her thoughtful and funny storytelling comes straight from the heart, and her presentation generated rave reviews from guests at our hospital’s cancer-survivorship celebration. As one guest put it, 'She is the Erma Bombeck of cancer.'"
"Kathy LaTour is a “tour de force” in her one-woman play which serves as testimony to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life-threatening illness. Her presentation will move you from laughter to tears as she describes the seesaw of emotions that will be familiar to anyone who has dealt with a cancer diagnosis. A story of hope and triumph delivered with candor, warmth, and compassion. An experience not to be missed!"
"Kathy LaTour was down to earth and humorous in her description of life with breast cancer. It was inspirational and intimate."
"Kathy's inspirational words describing her cancer experience at the Stowe Weekend of Hope ended with a well-deserved standing ovation and lots of tears—both hers and ours. What a genuinely honest, straightforward, and moving speaker."
"Happy sponsors, a standing ovation, and near sellout crowds, what more could an event chair ask for? Awareness Day was a tremendous success thanks to your inspirational words."
"The physicians were awakened to new ways to help their breast cancer patients by not only perceiving that there may be a large psychosocial trauma with which to deal, but also by realizing that there are definite recommendations with which to address those hurdles."