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Breast Biopsies Can Leave Room for Doubt About Cancer

Breast Biopsies Can Leave Room for Doubt About Cancer 

Recently, I came across an enlightening article in the New York Times by Denise Grady about a study identifying the doubt that can be raised by breast biopsies. Ugh. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

As I know you know, but just to remind you, a biopsy is the procedure used to remove and evaluate a tissue sample for the presence of cancer. A pathologist is the doctor who does the tissue evaluation. If cancer is indeed present (which I sure hope that it isn’t!), the pathologist can then identify some of the cancer’s characteristics, including size, whether it is invasive or non-invasive, the speed at which the cancer cells are growing, the grade, and the hormone receptors, to name a few.

Dr. Joann Elmore conducted a study using a panel of three expert pathologists who examined biopsy slides from 240 women. Her findings showed that breast biopsies are great at telling the difference ...

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Rita Wilson | The Silver Pen

Rita Wilson Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

Rita Wilson Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

Did you hear about Rita Wilson?  FBC. Yep. I was as surprised as you are.  Having been in ...

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Relaxing Techniques During Cancer Treatment | The Silver Pen

Relaxation During Cancer Treatment

I know that it will not come as a surprise when I say that cancer and its treatment can be stressful for people with cancer ...

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Cancerversary | The Silver Pen

4th Cancerversary: The Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Four years ago today, I was diagnosed with FBC, known to many of you as f-bomb breast cancer. Today is a day of great reflection ...

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Free Resources | The Silver Pen

Reduced-fee and Free Breast Cancer Screening

Reduced-fee and Free Breast Cancer Screening

On a radio show last week in Chicago, I was asked about reduced-fee or free resources for breast and ...

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What to Expect at a Breast Biopsy | The Silver Pen

What to Expect at a Breast Biopsy

What to Expect at a Breast Biopsy

A dear friend was on her way to a breast biopsy this morning and text’d me saying that ...

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How to break the news of a cancer diagnosis | The Silver Pen

How to Break the News of a Cancer Diagnosis

How to Break the News of a Cancer Diagnosis

Well, yet another friend has been diagnosed with f-bomb cancer. I swear, it is everywhere.

In ...

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Mammogram Debate

Study Places Doubt on the Value of Mammograms

Study Places Doubt on the Value of Mammograms

You may have heard about the study (published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday)   and reported ...

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Being Your Own Patient Advocate

Being Your Own Patient Advocate

Today I had the great pleasure of giving a speech at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a quick ...

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Symptoms of Breast Cancer

It is important for each and every one of us to know the symptoms of breast cancer. Why, you ask?  Well, I think that at ...

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The Silver Lining Philosophy after a Diagnosis of Cancer

For long-time readers, I hope that you will indulge me as I write about the Silver Lining philosophy after my diagnosis of cancer, specifically f-bomb ...

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