January 15, 2000 |
Younger women with an early form of breast cancer may have less tissue removed when doctors cut out the tiny tumor than older women do, says a new study that questions whether cosmetic concerns leave younger women more at risk. At issue is "ductal carcinoma in situ," a tumor that forms inside milk ducts in the breast and usually is discovered by mammography. This is a highly curable form of breast cancer, and women typically receive a lumpectomy--removal of the tumor--followed by radiation.
June 2, 2001 |
A leading cancer surgeon was disciplined for mixing up two patients, removing the left breast of a woman who was awaiting a lumpectomy. Dr. Charles E. Cox was fined $5,000, charged $920.86 in costs and must take a five-hour class in risk management. The Florida Board of Medicine also required the doctor to deliver a lecture on surgical mistakes sometime during the next year.
October 17, 2002 |
Removing a small portion of breast tissue is just as effective as removing the entire breast in saving the lives of women with breast cancer, according to two studies published today. Several leading breast surgeons said that the reports, which tracked 2,552 women over 20 years, further strengthen what many scientists have long been saying: Mastectomies are not required in the vast majority of breast cancer cases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1997
"Scientific Consensus Grows in the Mammogram Dispute" (editorial, March 25) addresses the recent decision by the American Cancer Society to recommend routine annual mammograms for women in their 40s. The editorial implies that HMOs do not cover annual mammograms for women in their 40s. The facts are that 98% of all HMOs in the nation already provide routine mammograms for women in their 40s, while 100% of HMOs in the nation provide routine mammograms...
September 2, 2004 |
After years of controversy over the best way to treat small breast tumors, researchers have found that thousands of older women can forgo radiation treatments without hurting their survival chances. Two studies to be published today in the New England Journal of Medicine found that radiation does not provide any added benefit for women over 70 who receive lumpectomies and take the cancer-fighting drug tamoxifen.
October 20, 1992 |
At least one-third and possibly half of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer could be candidates for breast-saving "lumpectomies" rather than breast removal but not enough doctors are offering that option to their patients, three major health organizations said Monday.
February 7, 2002
I am extremely distressed about the conflicting opinions from various organizations concerning the value of annual mammograms (Feb. 1). In 1995, at age 57, I was diagnosed with breast cancer after my annual mammogram. My shock was profound, as I had no family history of breast cancer and my annual physicals had shown no evidence of lumps or cysts. The cancer I had was not large enough for any doctor to feel, and without the mammogram I would have gone another year without treatment. Because it was caught so early, I endured only 33 radiations and a lumpectomy.
August 10, 2002
Re "New Study Validates Benefits of Mammograms," Aug. 1: When I read the statement that "doubts raised by critics have left many women concerned about the need for mammograms and their potential benefits," I had to write about my own experience. Just three days before your article appeared, I had undergone a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy on my left breast, the result of a tiny, new, white speck that an astute radiologist had seen a few weeks earlier during my annual mammogram.
March 2, 2013
Re “ Breast practices ,” Opinion, Feb. 21 I have no genetic markers for breast cancer and no outstanding risks. I am an average female. Yet it is due to a couple of routine mammograms that I am here. I went in on two-year intervals, and that is when they discovered aggressive Stage III breast cancer. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, I recuperated and moved forward. Four years later, I went in for a routine mammogram: aggressive breast cancer again.