Tag Archive: Mastectomy

Cancer drug case study: Tyverb

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Jo Waters, 55, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  Then she had six cycles of Herceptin. It appeared to work. “I had two years of… Continue reading

More women choose contralateral prophylactic mastectomy

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The number of women with cancer in one breast who opt to have the other breast preventively removed — known as a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy — more than doubled from 1995 through 2005… Continue reading

How did you make your breast cancer surgery decision?

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I have just been reading the results of a  new study which shows that about three-quarters of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer have a friend or family member with them at their… Continue reading

“Scrubs” star speaks of her mother’s breast cancer

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I enjoy the character of nurse Carla Espinosa in the TV sitcom, “Scrubs”. Recently the actress, Judy Reyes who plays the character of Carla,was interviewed by Everyday Health.com about her mother’s diagnosis and… Continue reading

Your life in YOUR hands

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Your Life in your Hands is a title of a book by Dr Jane Plant, dealing with the choices she made in her own breast cancer treatment. From the moment I read the… Continue reading

Breast reconstructive surgery

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After a mastectomy, many women choose to have breast reconstructive surgery for both emotional and physical reasons. There are different methods of doing this. Here is an overview of the most common types… Continue reading

Men get breast cancer too

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I have been meaning to write this post for some time now, but finally I am getting around to it.  I am aware that I refer to women and breast cancer frequently, but… Continue reading

Skin-sparing mastectomy

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Following a piece I read on another blog, I thought it might be helpful to tell you of the personal experience of someone who has undergone a skin-sparing mastectomy. Unusually, it is not the woman… Continue reading

Lumpectomy not advised if breast cancer returns

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A mastectomy is prudent when breast cancer returns after a lumpectomy, because survival rates are better than with another lumpectomy, according to a report published in October 2008. “We were surprised to find… Continue reading

Oncoplastic surgery gives breast-cancer patients another choice

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Making  the decision between a mastectomy and a lumpectomy can be a very difficult choice for a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, I read about a new procedure called oncoplastic surgery, which offers… Continue reading