Rhode Island Monthly Breast Health 2014 : Page 1

SPECIAL ADVER TISING SECTION CANCER IS A TREACHEROUS BEAST that is reck-less in its determination to destroy its victim, or at the very least, impart everlasting reminders of its insidious visit. There is no possibility of this beast turning into a handsome prince, so the best tactic to use for the battle with cancer is knowledge. eauty AND THE B e a s t voice sounds like the teacher from the “Peanuts” comic strip. You’re trying to listen to her, but you can’t hear her over the rapid fi re questions racing through your mind. So, what questions should you ask? Most likely, you left the surgeon’s offi ce with referrals to an oncologist and radiation on-cologist. Once the initial shock of the diagnosis wears off in a few days, it is important to compile a list of questions for each doctor on your team. Although you’ll likely have many of your own, Dr. Marlene Cutitar, one of Rhode Island’s top breast surgeons, says every patient newly diagnosed with breast cancer should ask the following twelve questions. By Carol Ann Donnelly NEED TO KNOW ou sit in the doctor’s offi ce with a million questions running through your mind. The surgeon just voiced four words you never thought you would hear: You have breast cancer. Outwardly you remain calm and somewhat stoic as you receive the news. Internally you feel like you have been sucker punched, and you swallow hard to keep the contents of your stomach from gushing forth. Your brain goes into overdrive, and the doctor’s Y 1. What type of breast cancer do I have? There are different types of breast cancer, and knowing the type you have will help you understand treatment options. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is an early-stage form of breast cancer confi ned to the lining of the milk ducts. The same is true Need to Know continued on page 108 » Sponsored by:

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