ASCP Patient Champion:

ASCP member Cindy Johns, MSA, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CMSHCM, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 at the age of 45. As a medical laboratory professional, Ms. Johns’ understanding of the laboratory helped her know what questions to ask her oncologists and physicians. 

After her second breast cancer diagnosis, Ms. Johns asked her physician if tumor markers could be drawn more often, rather than the standard protocol of every six months, in order to provide an early indication if the cancer had spread. Tumor markers detected her cancer three more times, twice in her lymph nodes and once in her brain. Ms. Johns currently remains on oral chemotherapy and has her tumor markers checked regularly.

Ms. Johns recently became an ASCP Patient Champion, sharing how she has managed her diagnosis with the help of the medical laboratory team. By sharing her patient story, she is helping to build awareness of the medical laboratory team’s essential work.

Read a blog by Ms. Johns or check out a video about her story.

Then, learn more about the ASCP Patient Champions program and how you can nominate a patient or apply yourself at

Do you know an ASCP member who is making a difference in the laboratory profession? Nominate him or her to be featured in an upcoming ONELab Spotlight! If your nominee is selected, you’ll have the opportunity to write a blog about your colleague that will be featured here, on our ONELab Spotlight. Submit your nominees and get more details by emailing us