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February 12, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Women considering a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer often face a difficult decision: whether to remove their healthy breast as well. A new study should make it easier for some of these women to make up their minds. It concludes that patients with a dangerous mutation in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene were able to cut their risk of dying from breast cancer nearly in half by opting to remove both breasts. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes contain instructions for producing tumor suppressor proteins, which repair damaged DNA and keep cells from turning cancerous.
September 5, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Judy Blume blogged Wednesday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer. She's now recuperating after a successful mastectomy. Blume, 74, is the author of wildly popular books for children and young adults, including "Deenie," "Forever," "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," "Blubber" and "Freckle Juice. " She appeared at the L.A. Times Festival of Books in April; she was diagnosed with cancer in June. Because she opted to get a mastectomy, she met with a reconstructive surgeon.
September 15, 1987 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
A partial mastectomy for breast cancer--long advocated as less disfiguring and psychologically traumatic than removal of the entire breast--is appropriate for 80% of patients, concludes a new study based on the longest follow-up yet described. But resistance among doctors who cling to total mastectomy as their treatment of choice still inhibits wider reliance on the less disfiguring procedure, contends Dr.
January 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The company responsible for a laboratory mix-up that led to the unnecessary removal of a woman's breasts has changed procedures to guard against similar mistakes, officials said. Work folders given at Hospital Pathology Associates in St. Paul will not contain tissue samples from more than one patient. Linda McDougal, 46, of Woodville, Wis., was diagnosed with cancer in May at United Hospital after tissue from her biopsy was switched with tissue from another woman.
November 8, 2013 | By Stacey Leasca
Something as simple as a haircut can change your life. Just ask U.S. Army veteran Jim Wolf. Wolf, who struggles with alcoholism, poverty and homelessness, teamed up with Michigan filmmaker Rob Bliss and Degage Ministries to create a time-lapse video showcasing his incredible makeover. Degage, according to its fundraising page, "offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals. " FULL COVERAGE: Homeless in America “The homeless are people we ignore every day,” Bliss told the Blaze, adding that he wanted to show how anyone “can look like they're meant for the cover of GQ.” In the video Wolf sits completely silent as a team of stylists trim his beard, cut and color his hair, fix his eyebrows, and eventually slip him into a suit and tie. It isn't until the very end that Wolf has the chance to see his own transformation.
January 10, 1992
Perhaps in a two-hour interview it is difficult to highlight the most important parts of a person's testimony. At least I feel that way from the article Dianne Klein did on breast implants and her interview with me ("Breast Implants: Taking Risky Road to Higher Self-Esteem," Nov. 24). Realizing it is a reporter's prerogative to pick and choose what is crucial to that person's story, I feel, as a breast cancer patient who had a mastectomy and later chose breast reconstruction, that I had much to offer in the way of helping people understand the positive picture, but that story wasn't told.
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)
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.
June 17, 1989
The article about Blue Cross rate hikes angered me even more than the $1,200 increase we just received ("Blue Cross to Hike Some Rates 25%, Cut Benefits," Part I, June 8). A Blue Cross spokeswoman states that the average cost of coverage after the latest increase will be $1,728 per family per year. That is a lie. Our premium today, for just my husband and me, is $5,400 per year. Ever since I had my mastectomy 18 months ago, Blue Cross has increased the premium regularly. The latest was a 36% increase of $1,200 a year.
August 25, 1996
As you correctly reported, neither cancer nor its treatment necessitate the end of a satisfying sex life ("Sex After Cancer," Aug. 14). Two points, however, deserve amplification. For the majority of women, breast preserving surgery (lumpectomy) and radiotherapy have been shown to be equal to radical mastectomy with regard to cancer control and better than radical mastectomy with regard to a woman's self-esteem and sexuality. Yet breast conservation remains underutilized with widely varying rates throughout the country--suggesting that physician / institutional bias leads to the unnecessary loss of women's breasts.
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