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One of my colleagues at work stopped me in the hall right before Christmas break to tell me about her daughter’s breast cancer recurrence. Her 34 year-old daughter is trying to decide what treatment option to take. H er daughter had worked for the oncologist for ten years before starting a new job.
“She’s told the doctor he just needs to think of her as a patient he’s never known before. He’s too close. He keeps changing his mind about what to do,” said my colleague. “My daughter needs a plan, not all this uncertainty.”
This story reminded me of another friend whose surgeon knew her personally. He was sure he “got it all,” and on the strength of his certainty and her trust in his friendship, she never consulted an oncologist. I don’t know what an oncologist would have recommended—very likely the same course she took. But she did have a metastasis that eventually kille...
My name is Traci Mulder, and I am 40 years old. I have been a breast cancer survivor for six years, since 9/11/2000, and this is my breast cancer story. Read part one of my breast cancer story: Pregnant, With Breast Cancer: From Discovering a Lump to Breast Biopsy Awaiting the Results of My Mammogram Seven days after my mammogram , I went to pick up my mammogram films and report. I needed to take them with me to the surgeon the next day so she could better assess my situation and need for breast biopsy . I promised myself that I wouldn't look at the mammograms or report, since I don't know how to read or interpret films, and I headed out the clinic door. I had the mammography report out before I got to my car. "Birads 5!" What is that? Is that the best or worst? "Highly suggestive of malignancy." What? This was supposed to be nothing! I drove directly to my husband’s office in tears. I still don't know how I got there without g...
A recent task force has determined that women are at higher risk for developing neck pain than men. What accounts for this gender difference? A number of factors contribute to neck pain including coping skills, personalities, work environments and physical activities. But, as a patient eloquently stated while lifting her shirt, "What about these?" Are breasts a major contributor to the higher incidence of neck pain in women? In 1996, our judicial system examined the evidence and determined (Bancroft v Tecumseh Products) that breast reduction surgery was indeed medically necessary to relieve headache , neck pain and shoulder pain. This verdict establishes the cause and effect relationship between breasts and neck pain.
A closer examination into the breast risk factor can illuminate a multitude of reasons why size A, B, C, D, or DD really matters to the spine. Let's think in terms of triple "B's".
B reasts :
Are your breasts big, small, not at all (absent) or just righ...
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