For the breast cancer patient today, the days of the stuffy, paternalistic doctor, the all knowing doctor in a starchy white coat, are over. The internet has changed everything….
Chemotherapy for breast cancer continues to be the six hundred pound gorilla in the room. I am sometimes amazed what patients will do to avoid it.
Can a quantum leap in knowledge and technical know how take place painstakingly and slowly over a half century?
In the world of breast cancer it would be hard to hightlight an organization or institution more responsible for the modern treatment of breast cancer than the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project (NSABP).
Everyone likes to joke about mammography. It is a pretty bizarre test–having your breasts compressed between two cold steel plates while being told to hold your breath. Pretty sexy, huh?
The Radical Mastectomy procedure is a brutal, disfiguring operation. It involves removing the breast and the large, underlying pectoral (chest) muscle. It leaves the patient with an exposed rib cage. Ghoulish. Jarring to look at.
Angelina Jolie brought attention to BRCA (BReastCAncer) testing as nobody else could. This is a test that detects susceptibility to breast cancer as an inherited event.
Women of the World, take a bow. You deserve it. Look what you have done as a group to bring breast cancer to its knees.
I remember driving down the FDR Drive in Manhattan on the way to my office in Brooklyn on 9/11/2001. Yes, it was a beautiful late summer, early fall day, as so many have noted. A busy day was planned at work. In ten days I was going on a long needed vacation. The FDR in Manhattan runs down the East Side along the East River. As the island narrows at its southernmost point, the FDR disappears in a mini tunnel…
Last week, the last week of summer, I saw 20 patients who had survived breast cancer. 20 breast cancer survivors from Brooklyn and Staten Island in one week. Terrific. Happy Labor Day for these breast cancer survivors. All 20 had different types of breasts cancer and different stages and different treatments. Some had breast cancer more than once. All were survivors and all had in common an opportunity to mark a new quantum of time over which they had triumphed…