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January 14, 1999 | From Associated Press
The increasingly common practice of removing both breasts while they are still healthy is an effective, if radical, way of preventing breast cancer in women at high risk of the disease, a study has found. The researchers said they consider prophylactic mastectomy, as it is called, to be at least 90% effective in reducing breast cancer. It's not totally effective because the disease may already have silently spread before the breasts were removed. Dr. Lynn C.
February 24, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Location, location, location. It affects much more than home prices. It also appears to influence whether you have elective surgery. Data collected on Medicare patients across the country found that the number of such surgeries varies widely by region. The numbers, from 2003 through 2007, included rates of bypass surgery, gall bladder removal, back surgery and other procedures offered to patients as an option. The report was released Thursday by the Dartmouth Atlas Project and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decisions.
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.
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.
March 23, 2013 | Janet Mitsui Brown, Janet Mitsui Brown is a feng shui practitioner in Los Angeles
In feng shui, there's discussion about destiny. I never understood what it was until I truly got to know Roger. We were in our 30s that summer. I was working with actors at a small theater in East Hollywood, and he was an actor on "Days of Our Lives. " I'm Japanese American, and he is African American. But the bigger difference was where we lived: I was in an apartment above a garage in Los Feliz, and Roger lived in Venice, a few blocks from the beach. That summer it was hot -- so hot that I needed to be out of Los Feliz and its oppressive heat.
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.
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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