February 28, 2016
More women with breast cancer - and an increasing number without - are choosing to have mastectomies over more breast-sparing procedures. And nearly half go home the same day, new federal statistics show. Data from 13 states representing one quarter of the U.S. population found the rate of mastectomy increased 36 percent from 2005 to 2013, while overall breast cancer incidence was unchanged. And 45 percent of mastectomies in 2013 were in hospital-affiliated outpatient surgery centers with no overnight stay, up 22 percent in a decade.
April 16, 2015 |
Rita Wilson has breast cancer Rita Wilson told People on Tuesday that she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery last week. "With my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy . . . after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma," Wilson, 58, said in a statement. "I am recovering and, most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. " Wilson has been married to Tom Hanks since 1988. The actress is on sick leave from her Broadway play Fish in the Dark , in which she costars with Rosie Perez . Quaid vid: Is it real craziness?
October 19, 2014 |
More and more women diagnosed with cancer in one breast are opting to remove both, even when they know the radical surgery is unlikely to prolong their lives. In an era of concern about rising health-care costs - and decades after breast-conserving lumpectomy with radiation was shown to be effective - experts find the double-mastectomy trend puzzling and disturbing. But it makes sense to women like Robyn Freeman of Haverford. An ultra-fit yoga teacher, she insisted on a double mastectomy after she felt a breast lump that turned out to be early-stage cancer in March.
June 26, 2013 |
Karin Risi celebrated one year free of cancer on June 12, and she has $200,000 in medical bills to prove it. Risi, principal and head of Vanguard Group's retail-advice services, underwent a mastectomy after being found to have breast cancer last year. Her medical journey prompted her to examine breast cancer from a financial perspective. When the actress Angelina Jolie underwent a stunningly expensive medical procedure - a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction - women everywhere began thinking about the most difficult financial decision they might ever make.
May 15, 2013 |
WHEN UNDERGOING a double mastectomy, a good surgeon and tons of support are essential. The spouse or partner has to be fully on-board for a complete recovery. Following news that Angelina Jolie had the operation after she learned she carried the breast-cancer gene (and her mother died of cancer), her longtime partner, Brad Pitt , spoke. "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic," he told the Weekly Standard in a statement, which also thanked their medical team.
May 15, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie trended high among worldwide Twitter topics all day Tuesday. In a New York Times op-ed, she said she'd had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that carried with it an unusually high risk of breast cancer. The outpouring of support was unusual even for Twitter. Stars, especially, praised Jolie's resolve. Kristen Bell called her Times op-ed "admirable," and director Adam Shankman called it "beautiful. " Nia Vardalos called for "a moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie's candor and all women's bravery in facing this choice.
January 13, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Win or lose Saturday, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will have conveyed a message about breast-cancer prevention by using her primary tool as a beauty queen: her body. The 24-year-old Miss D.C., who struted in a bikini and showed off her roller-skating talents this week, plans to undergo a double mastectomy after the pageant. She is having both breasts removed as a preventive measure to cut her chances of developing the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and great-aunt.
November 6, 2012 |
Sharon Osbourne , who successfully battled colon cancer a decade ago, has revealed that she recently had a double mastectomy even though her breasts were cancer-free. The 60-year-old heavy-metal spouse and talk-show host tells Britain's Hello! that she was impelled to make that radical move last summer after learning that she has a gene that predisposes women to breast cancer. "As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: 'The odds are not in my favor,' " Osbourne said.
October 22, 2012 |
FINKSBURG, Md. - Penny Kurek, 53, sat in the chair. Her breasts were exposed. She stared at them in the mirror. "I've been cut on so much," she said. "I just want to feel like a woman again. " Her voice was weary. But there was also relief. "I'm happy. This is the final step. I'm ready to move on with my life. " Breast cancer nearly did her in. So many complications. For eight years she stuffed a washcloth in her bra. But now the odyssey was almost over. She looked in the mirror at her reconstructed breasts, with scars going across them from double mastectomies.
October 18, 2012 |
Rana Walker had recently finished breast cancer chemotherapy and was healing from a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery when she first laid eyes on him. Kevin Savage was tall, good-looking, and 13 years younger. He had come to her aid when she was lost in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. As Savage, a telemetry technician, guided her through the long corridors, Walker, 45, never thought he was doing anything but being helpful. At the time, dating wasn't exactly at the forefront of her mind.