A correspondent and freelance journalist for The Boston Globe recently penned an article that shared her breast cancer story with the world. Before her diagnosis, Karen Brown was no stranger to health care issues. According to her piece in The Boston Globe, she routinely wrote about public health trends and the health care system, a background which presented a unique outlook as she began her breast cancer treatment.
Brown's cancer was diagnosed as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and was described as being "stage 0," which means it was a noninvasive cancer that was inside her milk ducts. According to Breastcancer.org, DCIS is the most common form of noninvasive breast cancer, however, those who are diagnosed with the disease have an increased risk of developing an invasive type of breast cancer at a later point.
Brown's particular form of cancer didn't need chemotherapy treatment, though she underwent an outpatient lumpectomy procedure. She was also advised to get radiation treatment to kill any leftover cancer cells. Brown explored the risks and benefits of having the procedure done, as she had known some people who opted to have more treatment and others who chose less.
In the end, she chose to get radiation and feels she did what she could to be informed of her options and minimize risk. If you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, learn more about their condition at Breastcancer.org.Whizzco