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October 1, 2011 | By Amanda Mascarelli, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Breast cancer is no longer considered a single disease. New molecular tools are allowing doctors to see what is going on inside tumors with much greater accuracy, enabling them to tailor their therapeutic approach to fit the traits of each cancer and the needs of each patient, as the women below illustrate. Sailing through Name: Caryl Engstrom Current age: 51 Home: Los Angeles Diagnosis: Stage 2B breast cancer that was ER-positive Age at diagnosis: 49 Engstrom had a mastectomy, followed by five months of a combination chemotherapy known as ACT (which includes the drugs Adriamycin, Cytoxan and Taxotere)
When she read the news, the patient burst into tears. The story documented flaws in a study that had helped change the course of breast cancer treatment. Results had been falsified. What was worse, the researchers conducting the clinical trial--part of a long-running and extremely important series of breast cancer studies--knew about the doctored data but remained silent.
April 17, 1986 | Benjamin Epstein
Breast cancer doesn't mean the end of life. A mastectomy doesn't mean the end of living. Proof positive were a score of survivors of breast cancer, volunteers with the Reach to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society, who modeled at the "Fashions for Winners" luncheon Saturday. A sellout crowd of 600 packed the Arboretum of the Crystal Cathedral to see costumes from the "Golden Years of Hollywood," presented by Irene Mayer, niece of the late Louis Mayer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
August 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Christina Applegate is taking the long view of her battle with breast cancer -- the really long view. Speaking on ABC News' "Good Morning America" in her first interview since announcing her diagnosis earlier this month, the "Samantha Who?" star said she had a double mastectomy three weeks ago. She'll undergo reconstructive surgery over the next eight months. "I'm going to have cute boobs 'til I'm 90, so there's that," she joked in the interview, which aired Tuesday. The 36-year-old actress elected to remove both breasts even though the disease was contained in one breast.
September 13, 1985 | MARYLOU LUTHER
Question: Does anyone make an "evening" umbrella? I travel to New York frequently and always seem to need an umbrella when I'm all dressed up. Even the simplest black umbrella does not seem right when I'm in my favorite Hanae Mori evening gown.--S.U. Answer: You can go dancing in the rain if you make the evening umbrella illustrated here. The creative crew at Home Silk Shop's La Cienega store decorated this glamorous version in just under 12 hours. Here's how to duplicate their efforts.
April 13, 1989 | PAMELA MARIN, Pamela Marin is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
"I wasn't nearly this popular when I had breasts," quipped best-selling author and TV journalist Betty Rollin. And with that, the wry New Yorker jump-started a 20-minute talk at Le Meridien Hotel in Newport Beach about cancer that played like stand-up comedy. Rollin is a contributing correspondent to NBC's "Today" show and author of six books, including the 1976 best-seller "First You Cry" (made into a TV movie starring Mary Tyler Moore), an emotional account of her breast cancer and first mastectomy.
The scare with grave consequences subsided in 50 weeks into a we-can-deal-with-it threat, even if it will loom ominously for at least several more years. It has changed Jerry Sloan for the better, but none of his Utah Jazz players are about to joke with their coach about his transformation, because he hasn't changed that much. "They're afraid to," said Karl Malone, one of those players.
November 21, 1996
My thanks to Ellen Goodman for "The Latest HMO Outrage: Drive-Thru Mastectomy" (Commentary, Nov. 18). Last week I became an uninformed victim of this inhumane practice at Kaiser-Permanente, Los Angeles. I want to acquaint women with my firsthand experience of this degradation and urge my fellow HMO patients to contact their Washington legislators. My mastectomy and lymph node removal took place at 7:30 a.m., Nov. 13. I was released at 2:30 p.m. that same day. I received notice, the day before surgery, from my doctor that mastectomy was an outpatient procedure at Kaiser and I'd be released the same day. Shocked by this news, I told my surgeon of my previous complications with anesthesia and the fact that I have a cervical spine condition, which adds an additional consideration for any surgery.
April 16, 1985 | From United Press International
Ann Jillian, nominated for an Emmy for her title role in television's "The Mae West Story," was recovering today from double mastectomy surgery, a spokesperson said. Her agent, Toni Howard, said the 35-year-old blonde will be released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday. A friend said Jillian plans to return to work in the near future, after having had to forgo several TV roles due to her illness. Jillian also starred in the 1983 "Jennifer Slept Here" TV series.
September 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
The state's attorney general, who is also the front-running Democratic candidate for governor, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy, a spokesman said Friday. Christine Gregoire, 56, underwent surgery Thursday and was released from a hospital Friday, said attorney general spokesman Fred Olson. A lump was found in Gregoire's left breast during a recent mammogram and the breast was removed by surgeons.
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