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.
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.
November 8, 2012 |
Brooke Burke-Charvet, cohost of "Dancing With the Stars," has thyroid cancer and is looking at surgery, she announced Thursday in a video to her fans. "I'm going to have a have a nice big scar right here across my neck," the 41-year-old mother of four says, making a cutting gesture with her finger across her throat. "And I don't get to just walk around and pretend like nothing happened or not follow up or not share it because it's going to be pretty much dead center. " She'd left fans hanging in July after she shared on ModernMom.com that she'd gotten a biopsy, then didn't follow up with the results.
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.
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.