Patient Engagement Archives – Page 8 of 11 – #BCSM

Patient Input Requested – Increasing Mastectomy Rates

On Saturday January 17th, I will be giving a talk at the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting – the title of the talk is: Increasing Mastectomy Rates – Science vs. Personal Choice. There is a tremendous amount of literature documenting the increasing mastectomy rates – the focus of the […]

Read more ›
#WECAN14 – Changing the Face of Women’s Cancers in East Africa

Tune in to #WECAN14 Tweet chat 9/11/2014 at 11 am ET/10 am CT /8 am PT Cancer kills more people in low- and middle-income countries than HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria combined and has already surpassed infectious diseases as the leading cause of death in many of these countries. Today, 70% of all cancer deaths occur in […]

Read more ›
9/8/14 #BCSM Chat: Cancer Retreats – Real and Symbolic

Monday on #BCSM : Cancer Retreats — The Real and Symbolic.We’ll all return Monday night after a break from our weekly chats. Sometimes it’s essential for all of us to take mental and even physical breaks from cancer. We know that women with Stage IV can’t literally do so. I will always be in treatment, for example, but the […]

Read more ›
A Patient Walks into ASBrS
On: Jul 14, 2014
By: Alicia

In April 2014, I had the opportunity to attend the 15th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.  As a patient advocate, it was an honor to attend this conference and see firsthand the incredible work that breast surgeons are doing to advance to role of survivorship planning, shared decision making, and quality […]

Read more ›
(Reasonable) Fear Prompts “Extra” Mastectomy Decisions – An Opinion

A study was recently published evaluating the reasons why women diagnosed with breast cancer might undergo a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.1 First, some definitions: –       Mastectomy – removal of the entire breast –       Prophylactic mastectomy – removal of a breast that does not have cancer –       Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) – removal of the breast that […]

Read more ›