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Like Mother (in Law), Like Daughter (in Law)

By on June 11th, 2014 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

When I was facing a bilateral mastectomy, I had a wonderful role model — my mother-in-law, Reggie, who lived without breasts (and without reconstruction) for over 50 years. Reggie was a striking woman with dark wavy hair and flawless skin. She wore loose, flowing apparel, often accented by colorful scarves. The loose clothes were necessitated by severe lymphedema that developed in one arm after surgery …

Living a Breast-Free Life

By on March 25th, 2014 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

When I first met my mother-in-law, in 1972, she had recently recovered from her second mastectomy. She was only 46 at the time. She’d had her prior mastectomy at age 31. Reconstruction wasn’t an option back then. I remember feeling sorry for her, but also marveling at her positive attitude. She looked great — she wore breast forms and, had I not known about her …

What My Patients Are Asking: Can Getting a Biopsy Spread the Cancer?

By on November 20th, 2012 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis

First of all, there is no way of getting around a biopsy. There are side effects with any procedure but in order to properly treat a patient, a good biopsy specimen is absolutely critical. The benefit of being able to select the proper surgery and subsequent treatment clearly outweighs the risk.

That said, many women come to me concerned that their biopsy might have spread …

Less Is More, or at Least Equal

By on September 2nd, 2011 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

[Editor's Note: This post was originally published on Diana's personal blog on February 9, 2011. Breastcancer.org covered the study results she mentions here: Sentinel Node Dissection Poses No Breast Cancer Survival Hazard.]

In case you’re a day or two behind with ‘big news,’ yesterday really big news regarding standard breast cancer treatment was released indicating that there is no decrease in life expectancy in …

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