Posts Tagged ‘. double mastectomy’

Twelve Year Stage 3 Breast Cancer Survivor, Susan Gonzalez.

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Susan Gonzalez is a nurse, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, certified in plant-based nutrition, and a 12 year stage III lobular breast cancer survivor. She is an advocate for health and wellness with a focus on cancer prevention and the use of holistic healing for cancer survival.  Her popular book, “100 Perks of Having Cancer plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It”, and her award winning blog, “The Savvy Sister: simple changes for healthy living”, provides valuable tools for those wishing to live a happy and healthy life after cancer.

As a warrior for cancer survivors, she hosts her own website, CancerSurvivorsForLife.com, where survivors can find information on healing the body, mind and spirit to reduce their risk of cancer recurrence.  Susan is also the creator of MOON Organics: a natural skin care company created for those who want to avoid cancer-causing chemicals. You can see all her products at MOON-Organics.com.

Susan lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters. I previously interviewed my colleague, Susan,  5 years ago.

Enjoy the Interview below:

 

Are Double Mastectomies Necessary for Women With Breast Cancer?

Friday, December 7th, 2012

A new study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Care Symposium last month concluded that about 70% of women who have both breasts removed following a breast cancer diagnosis do so despite a very low risk of having subsequent cancer in the healthy breast.

The study found that 90% of wom,en who had surgery to remove both breast reported being worried about cancer recurring., The researchers said “Women appear to be using worry over cancer recurrence to choose contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. This does not make sense, because having a non-affected breast removed will not reduce the risk of recurrence in the affected breast.  ”

One thousand four hundred forty six women who had been treated for breast cancer and who had not had recurrence were included in the study.  Of these, 7% had surgery to remove both breasts and among women who had a mastectomy, nearly 1 in 5 had a double mastectomy.

Researchers also collected data on clinical indications for double mastectomy, including patients family history of breast and ovarian cancer and the results of any genetic testing. “For women who do not have a strong family history or a genetic finding, we would argue it’s probably not appropriate to get the unaffected breast removed.” The researchers are developing a decision tool that will help guide women through breast cancer treatment choices. The researchers said “I believe surgeons are telling their patients that a contralateral mastectomy won’t reduce their risk of recurrence and that it is associated with higher mortality. But this procedure is still done and it’s done in women who donm;t need to have it done. A decision tool like ours will solicit common misconceptions about breast cancer treatment and give women feedback to help them fully understand the options and risks involved.”