When Plans Change: An Unexpected Radical Mastectomy

Phyllis Johnson Health Guide January 31, 2013
  • Sometimes plans change.  I have been following the recent news about a study from Duke University that a lumpectomy with radiation might actually be more effective than a mastectomy in preventing breast cancer recurrence.  The previous evidence suggested the two procedures were about the sa...

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    Jan. 31, 2013

    Thanks for posting this, Phyllis. As you say, each one of us has a different experience with breast cancer, and while a group study details the experience of large numbers of women and basically "averages" them, that doesn't mean the study results necessarily apply to YOU and your cancer. We all make our own decisions – and sometimes, they're made for...

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    Thanks for posting this, Phyllis. As you say, each one of us has a different experience with breast cancer, and while a group study details the experience of large numbers of women and basically "averages" them, that doesn't mean the study results necessarily apply to YOU and your cancer. We all make our own decisions – and sometimes, they're made for us by circumstances beyond our control. In the end, we live with the outcome, whatever it is; they key word being "live." The bottom line goal for all of us is to stay alive, whatever surgical/treatment route we take to get there. Thanks again - PJH

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Feb. 01, 2013

      You are right, PJ.  I think the key is being open to the unexpected with a willingness to switch plans if necessary.