Queen’s Medical Center: Breast Cancer Awareness


CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND FOR WOMEN WHO GO AHEAD DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER. IT CAN BE A LIFE-CHANGING EVENT. JOINING ME IS DR. VINCENT NIP, THE PLASTIC SURGEON, THE QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTER AND SHELBY OGASAWARA, BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR. DON’T BE NERVOUS AT ALL. ONCE A WOMAN IS PROCESS ENTAIL GOING FORWARD BECAUSE THERE’S A LOT OF STUFF THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT AND NERVOUS ABOUT. BREAST CANCER IS A MULTI-FACTORAL EVENT. I LOOK AT IT AS A TEAM SPORT, OKAY. THE COACH IS REALLY THE BREAST SURGEON AND THEN THE QUARTERBACK IS THE PATIENT, AND I LIKE TO CONSIDER MYSELF AS ONE OF THE PLAYERS. I THINK OF MYSELF AS A BENCH, THE SECOND STRING PLACE KICKER AS YOU MAY OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED ARE THE MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST. CLEARLY A TEAM TO GET THIS WORKED OUT. IT’S A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO A DISEASE PROCESS. THE OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED, THE ATHOL JOURNALISTS AND RADIOLOGISTS WHO HAVE DIAGNOSED THE CANCER. AND WITH THAT DIAGNOSIS IN THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD IN TREATING THE CANCER, NOT ONLY HOW TO TREAT IT BUT THE ORDER AND HOW IT’S TREATED. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO HAVE THEIR BREASTS SURGICALLY REMOVED. HOW DO YOU GIVE THEM HOPE AND TELL THEM SOME OF THEIR OPTIONS. THAT’S WHERE I EARN MY KEEP. THE PATIENTS COME IN GIVING THEM THE OPTIONS, GIVING THEM HOPE, GIVING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. I LIKE TO GO OVER TWO THINGS WITH THE PATIENT. WHEN THE SURGERY IS PERFORMED, THE WHEN PART IS DO WE DO IT ON AN IMMEDIATE BASIS RIGHT AFTER THE — ARE WE DOING IT THE SAME TIME AS A MASTECTOMY OR ON A DELAYED BASIS. IT DEPENDS ON THE NATURE OF THE TREATMENT WITH THE ALLERGIST AS FAR AS WHEN THE TIMING IS. THEN WE GO OVER THE WAYS OF RECONSTRUCTION THAT CAN BE THROUGH PROSTHETICS, IMPLANTS AND THE LAST YEAR WE CAN USE PROCESS THET ICS. SHELBY’S JOINED US. SHE’S A SURVIVOR, A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE. I ONLY JUST RECENTLY LEARNED OF YOUR SITUATION. COULD YOU TELL OUR VIEWERS A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AND HOW YOU WERE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER. SO MY FIRST EVER MAMMOGRAM, I WENT IN AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DCIS WHICH STANDS FOR DUCTAL CARCINOMA IN SITU. THE LOWEST FARM — FORM OF BREAST CANCER. I HAD IT REMOVED WITH STANDARD SURGERY. IT WAS SUGGESTED BECAUSE OF MY FAMILY HISTORY TO DONE AND THE GENETIC TESTING REVEALED THAT I DID HAVE A GENE MUTATION FROM MY DAD WHO DID PASS AWAY FROM CANCER. BASED ON THAT I DID A LOT OF RESEARCH, SPOKE TO MY PHYSICIANS AND DECIDED TO HAVE A MASTECTOMY, BOTH SIDES. REMOVAL OF MY BREAST TISSUE. WITH DR. NIP, I MET DR. NIP AND AT REKRISKT SURGERY. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. APPRECIATE THAT. YOU TALKED ABOUT BEING A TEAM. SOME OF THE BEST TEAM MEMBERS GOT TO BE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SUPPORT SOMEONE LIKE SHELBY? SHELBY IS REALLY REALLY NICE ABOUT THIS. I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT, TAKING THE TIME TO BE HERE. I LIKE TO HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS THERE, BE IT A SPOUSE, A FRIEND AND HAVING THAT PERSON THERE TO GO THROUGH THE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT, POSTOPERATIVE PERIOD IS VERY IMPORTANT. THERE’S ALSO A LOT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT OUT THERE TOO FOR THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE THAT FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, DR. NIP. I HAVE ONE LAST QUESTION FOR SHELBY. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO WOMEN, EVEN MEN — LET’S FACE IT, MEN CAN GET BREAST CANCER AS WELL. SOMEBODY OUT THERE IS AFRAID OF GOING IN AND GETTING TESTED, AFRAID OF WHAT IT MIGHT REVEAL, WHAT DO YOU TELL SOMEBODY ABOUT THAT ABOUT GETTING THEIR MAMMOGRAM? DON’T BE AFRAID. IT’S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY, AS THEY ALWAYS SAY. IT’S A PAINLESS PROCEDURE TO GET A MAMMOGRAM. YOU SHOULD KNOW YOUR BODY AS WELL. IF YOU FEEL LIKE ANYTHING IS NOT NORMAL, YOU SHOULD GO AND SEE YOUR DOCTOR. PROACTIVE, NOT REACTIVE, YES. DEFINITELY. IN THIS CASE, THAT’S THE BETTER VOICE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT MAMMOGRAMS AND OTHER WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICE ISSUES, VISIT QUEENS.ORG AND QUICK ON THE WOMEN’S HEALTH TAB.

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