September 30, 1987
Emperor Hirohito, who underwent surgery last week to relieve an intestinal obstruction, does not have cancer, his physicians announced. Tests performed at Tokyo University showed that the 86-year-old Japanese emperor is suffering from chronic pancreatitis, but a biopsy found "no cancer cells," Dr. Akira Takagi told a press conference.
March 13, 1994
"Sisters in Arms" (Three on the Town, by Wanda Coleman, Feb. 6) puts a racial edge on a universal medical problem. Doctors, especially surgeons, are not sensitive enough to women. I found a lump. My general practitioner, a surgeon and a mammogram all said it was nothing. Six weeks later, I went back to the surgeon ready to fight. "I want you to either biopsy this lump or aspirate it, and do it now," I said. When he aspirated the lump, I saw a cloud pass across the eyes of the nurse, and the doctor scheduled a biopsy.
October 6, 2004 |
'Brothers and Sisters' ABC, Sunday, Nov. 8, 10 p.m. Episode: "The Wig Party" -- The premise Kitty Walker (Calista Flockhart) is a 41-year-old political show host who has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (diffuse large B-cell type) on the basis of a needle biopsy of a lymph node. Her blood cancer is very aggressive, and she has completed her first round of chemotherapy. In this episode, her hair begins to fall out, and she spends sleepless nights caused by side effects from the prednisone she now is taking.
October 3, 2011 |
It's Tuesday afternoon, and I'm late for the office, delayed by a hectic morning in the operating room. I discard my scrubs, replace them with office attire, rush down a corridor and deliver the post-op orders from my last case into the hands of an anxiously awaiting recovery room nurse. Then I dart out the door and race to my office building. I open the waiting room door to a standing-room-only crowd that has accumulated due to my tardiness. I apologize, but they do not seem angry; I see only fear.
November 19, 1989
Re: "Getting a Grip on Geriatrics," by David Larsen (View, Nov. 12): This is not an apology for those in the medical profession who neglect their patients, for whatever reasons. But as one who sees medical treatment given on a daily basis, there is hope! The only time our waiting room overflows is when an emergency patient has taken longer than expected, or treatment, such as a biopsy, must be administered immediately. This is always explained to those waiting. Our doctors value their patients' time; our patients realize this.
April 4, 2011 |
Breast milk may do more than sustain an infant; in the future, it could also be used to help assess breast cancer risk. At least, that’s what a small study hints. By screening breast milk for cells that can turn into cancer, researchers believe they can develop a way to warn women if they’re at an increased risk of developing breast cancer later in life. Results from the new study were presented Monday at the American Assn. for Cancer Research in Orlando. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst collected fresh milk samples from about 250 women, one sample from each breast.