New Theory on How to Treat Breast Cancer

(Note:  I am not a healthcare provider.  This blog post is intended mainly to share a link to a news article.) During the 1980s, I heard that some women with early stage breast cancer were being advised to skip chemotherapy.  The advice changed later, after those guidelines turned out to be deadly for some women who supposedly met the criteria for less aggressive treatment. Now, new information suggests that some women will be able to receive successful treatment for breast cancer while putting their bodies through less strain after surgery. The link to a New York Times article is below.  Please read … Continue reading New Theory on How to Treat Breast Cancer

Choice Is To Be Respected

As a teenager during the 1970s, I remember hearing about health insurers refusing to cover reconstructive surgery for women who had undergone mastectomies.  It was a selfish big business practice which denied an option to women who were fortunate to survive breast cancer.  Prosthetics were common, but medical procedures to restore women’s pre-surgery appearance were reserved for the wealthy. At the time, I heard nothing about breast cancer survivors who had no interest in reconstructive surgery.  They probably existed then, but they’re more vocal now.  They have good reasons to be outspoken, too. On October 31, The New York Times … Continue reading Choice Is To Be Respected

New Mammogram Guidelines To Approach With Caution

Disclaimer: I have no healthcare credentials, and this post is strictly an opinion piece in response to a news report.  A link to the report appears at the end of this post.   When I read in The NY Times that The American Cancer Society had issued new, less rigid guidelines for mammograms in preventive care, my first reaction was relief.  Earlier this year, a routine screening mammogram produced ambiguous results, and I had to go back for more x-rays.  I got a clean bill of health on the same day as the follow-up procedure, but it was stressful and … Continue reading New Mammogram Guidelines To Approach With Caution