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Prophylactic Mastectomy

Not So Simple: The Breast Cancer Stories of Betty Ford and Happy Rockefeller

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

Just as Betty Ford's survival was not due to early detection, Rockefeller's survival (she turned 88 in June 2014) unlikely resulted from the prophylactic removal of her second breast. Early detection of breast and other cancers remains a complicated and controversial subject.

Some Women Undergo Unnecessary Double Mastectomies

Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living

By Lauren Cahoon Roberts, Contributing writer Published: 09/16/2013 09:12 PM EDT on LiveScience "If Angelina Jolie did it, shouldn't I do the sa...

Me and Angelina: Why I Stand By My Decision to Have Preventative Cancer Surgery

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

What do I have in common with Angelina Jolie? We're both moms. We both discovered through DNA testing that we carry the BRCA1 genetic mutation. We both opted for a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy to dramatically reduce our risks. And we have both been criticized for our decisions.

Angelina Jolie, the Thoughtful Patient

Rick Boulay, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Boulay, M.D.

Ms. Jolie's reasoning behind going through this process is the integrity of her family. Her mother's loss to cancer was deeply felt and she wishes to avoid this trauma for her own children. Her reasons were her own, and yours will be your own. But at least there is a plan.

Angelina's Choice: Whose Body Is it, Anyway?

Darryle Pollack | Posted 07.20.2013 | Women
Darryle Pollack

It used to be that if there was a name aligned with "choice," it was Sophie. "Choice" is now and maybe forever associated with Angelina Jolie.

Why I Made The Same Choice As Jolie -- But For Different Reasons

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 07.15.2013 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

Angelina Jolie was not the only one to choose a prophylactic mastectomy. I did, too -- but for different reasons.. (Thank you, Angelina, for making it public. You've given me the courage to write about it for the very first time).

Can You Hear Me? Women and Their Doctors Talking About Surgery to Prevent Breast Cancer

Mark E. Robson, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark E. Robson, M.D.

Women with breast cancer should be helped to clearly understand what can and cannot be achieved by prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and the potentially significant risks of the procedure. Doctors, in turn, should accept that a reduction in fear is a worthwhile goal in cancer treatment.