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June 22, 1990 | By Carol Zito, Inquirer Washington Bureau
A panel of medical experts agreed yesterday that removing a cancerous lump coupled with radiation therapy was just as effective in treating breast cancer in its early stages as was fully removing the breast. The 15-member panel, convened by the National Institutes of Health specifically to make recommendations for early-stage treatment, said the majority of women with breast cancer still chose the removal of the breast, or mastectomy, although that was often not necessary. Traditionally, breast cancer was believed to be best treated by mastectomy to ensure that all the cancerous tissue was gone.
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January 10, 1997 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A fledgling advocacy group for nurses and patients is pushing state legislation, soon to be introduced, that would set minimum standards for the hospitalization of mastectomy patients. The group, Nurses of Pennsylvania, held a news conference yesterday to announce the bill with Republican State Rep. Dennis O'Brien of Philadelphia, who is sponsoring it. The bill is a response to national reports that some health plans, in an effort to cut costs, require breast cancer patients to go home the day of breast-removal surgery.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
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.
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November 14, 2011 | By Mitchell Hecht, For The Inquirer
Question: Do you think "prophylactic" mastectomy is rather extreme? Answer: Removal of healthy breast tissue as a prophylactic (preventive) effort to prevent breast cancer from occurring or reoccurring is a controversial but deeply personal decision. There are several varied situations where prophylactic mastectomies are performed: (1) Previous breast cancer in one breast; (2) Strong family history of breast cancer; (3) Presence of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation for breast cancer; (4)
NEWS
November 13, 1992 | By Susan FitzGerald, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The radical procedure of mastectomy may not be necessary in women who have a form of breast cancer that has not invaded breast tissue, a 12-year study by Thomas Jefferson University researchers has found. Cutting out this type of lesion - called ductal carcinoma in situ - and monitoring the breast with physical exams and mammography every six months or a year worked almost as well in preventing a recurrence of cancer as removing the entire breast. Women whose cancer is small and confined to a mammary duct may find the alternative to mastectomy "a more reasonable choice," said researcher Gordon F. Schwartz, a surgeon and breast cancer specialist at Jefferson.
NEWS
March 29, 2000 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Northampton, Bucks County, woman whose double mastectomy was shown live on the Internet last year will undergo the final phase of breast reconstruction surgery in a procedure to be carried live online today. Patti Derman, 47, will undergo nipple reconstruction surgery during an operation at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown. The procedure will be Derman's third since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and the second to be shown on the Internet. The 2 1/2-hour procedure will be shown beginning at 11 a.m. today at www.thehealthnetwork.
NEWS
February 28, 1997 | By Thomas Ginsberg, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey lawmakers, pushing the limits of the nation's managed-health-care debate, approved legislation yesterday to guarantee that women undergoing a mastectomy get at least three days of hospital care at their insurer's expense. The legislation, in response to so-called drive-through surgeries, was passed by the state Assembly. After differences are ironed out with a slightly narrower Senate version, the legislation is expected to be signed by Gov. Whitman, who has openly stated her concern about the issue.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
  Her wholly round 36Cs exposed, Paula Johnson watches Rose Marie Beauchemin mix pigment - first a little brown, then a little pink. Through the magic of permanent makeup, Beauchemin is about to tattoo nipples on Johnson's reconstructed breasts. "It's all about creating the illusion of protrusion," Beauchemin said one recent Monday afternoon at her Mount Laurel office as she gradually shaded in Johnson's areola and nipple area. After just three sessions, Johnson's nipples look like the work of Mother Nature rather than Beauchemin's deft use of an electronic magic marker.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 17, 1987 | By Owen Ullmann, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Nancy Reagan will undergo a biopsy this morning for suspected breast cancer, and her left breast will be removed if the results show a malignancy, the White House announced yesterday. The procedure was scheduled after a mammogram taken during a routine annual checkup on Oct. 5 detected a "suspicious lesion that might represent an early stage of malignancy" in the left breast, according to a White House statement. The lesion, which could not be detected by touch, may prove to be benign, making removal of the breast unnecessary, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 13, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Jenice M. Armstrong, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
Six weeks after revealing she has breast cancer, "Fashion Police" panelist Giuliana Rancic says she will have a double mastectomy. The 37-year-old E! News host made the announcement yesterday on NBC's "Today" show. (E! is part of the NBC/Universal/Comcast family.) "It was not an easy decision, but it was the best decision for me," she said. She plans to have the surgery next week and said she hopes to be recovered by New Year's Eve, when she and husband Bill Rancic ("The Apprentice")
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