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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.
April 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman whose breasts were removed after she was mistakenly told she had cancer is suing the pathologist who made the misdiagnosis and the pathologist's employer. Linda McDougal of Woodville, Wis., filed the lawsuit Tuesday. She underwent a double mastectomy after doctors informed her in May that she had an aggressive form of cancer. The defendants are pathologist Margaret Cochrane and her employer, Hospital Pathology Associates. The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 from each defendant.
January 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
A hospital apologized for a laboratory mistake that resulted in the amputation of a healthy woman's breasts after she was mistakenly told she had an aggressive form of cancer. Dr. Daniel Foley, medical director of United Hospital, told KARE-TV that the St. Paul hospital had made changes so "this kind of mix-up would never happen again." Linda McDougal, 46, said she was diagnosed with cancer in May after her doctor had a biopsy performed because a suspicious spot appeared on her mammogram.
November 15, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A managed-care trade group tried to defuse growing criticism and the threat of federal legislation by recommending that health plans allow an overnight hospital stay for women who have a breast removed for cancer. All 1,000 members of the American Assn. of Health Plans--which includes nearly all of the nation's HMOs--pledged to abide by the recommendation against requiring mastectomies to be performed as outpatient procedures, the organization announced.
August 3, 1998
Chemotherapy given before breast cancer surgery--rather than after it, as now is commonly the case--permits more breast-conserving procedures, according to a new study in the August Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Bernard Fisher, scientific director of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, and his colleagues studied 1,532 women with early-stage breast cancer. Of the patients treated with chemotherapy before surgery, 67.
In the end, the decision was easy. After watching her mother struggle against breast cancer for 17 years, knowing that her grandmother, great-grandmother and four great-aunts all had died of the disease, Terri Giannetti--36 years old, married and childless--had her two healthy breasts cut off. She also had her ovaries and uterus removed during those seven hours of surgery last September. Gone forever is her chance to give birth.
September 12, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kathy Bates has beaten cancer yet again, she revealed Wednesday. "Hey All, sorry for the long silence," she said in a two-part Twitter message. "I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 months ago & am recovering from a double mastectomy. ... I don't miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry's Law. ;-) Thanks for all the sweet tweets. Y'all kept me going. " The "Titanic" actress was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, an experience she discussed in the video above, for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
November 6, 2006 | Marc Siegel, Special to The Times
"Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," a Lifetime docudrama, Oct. 23. The premise: Geralyn Lucas is just beginning a job when she's diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27. The non-invasive cancer has an extensive intraductal component involving three separate areas of her breast. After debating whether to have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy, she chooses the latter, with adjuvant chemotherapy.
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