Breast Cancer on the Run in October: (Day 9) Band Aid Biopsies

In the early days of my surgical training, potential breast cancer patients or patients with an uncertain finding would check into the hospital the night before surgery. They would spend the night in the hospital, have surgery in the morning, stay that night in the hospital and go home the next morning.

Breast Cancer on the Run in October: (Day 8) Information Empowering Women

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….

Breast Cancer on the Run in October: (Day 7) The Gorilla in our Midst

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.

Breast Cancer on the Run in October: (Day 6) From Marie Curie to Linear Accelerators

Can a quantum leap in knowledge and technical know how take place painstakingly and slowly over a half century?

Breast Cancer on the Run in October: (Day 5) NSABP: Research on Steroids

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).

Breast Cancer on the Run in October: (Day 4) The Rise of Mammography: Getting Squished

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?

Breast Cancer on the Run in October: (Day 3) Adios, Radical Mastectomy

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.

Breast Cancer on the Run in October: (Day 2) Angelina Jolie and BRCA Testing

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.

Breast Cancer on the Run in October: (Day 1) Female Activism

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.

9/11 Chronicles: Breast Cancer Takes a Backseat

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…