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  • Rose Gutierrez

    Letting Patients Call the Shots

    Jasmine Wong
    The "shared decision-making" model fosters a higher level of collaboration between doctors and the people they treat. Rose Gutierrez has a big decision to make. Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring, had surgery and 10 weeks of chemotherapy. But the cancer is still there. Now Jasmine Wong (pictured right), a surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, is explaining the choices—Gutierrez can either have another lumpectomy followed by radiation, or she can get a total mastectomy. "I think both options are reasonable," Wong said. "It's just a matter of how[...]
    Story Tags: Breast Cancer
  • Lori MacKenzie

    Innovative DIEP Flap Microsurgery an Alternative to Breast Implants

    SFGate.com reports on "free DIEP Flap", an innovative reconstructive  microsurgery performed by breast reconstructive surgeons in the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UCSF. The team, led by Hani Sbitany, M.D., Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Reconstructive Microsurgery and Director of the Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction Program, performs the surgery as an alternative to implants during post-mastectomy reconstruction. UCSF is one of the high volume centers for this procedure in the country. Dr. Sbitany's patient, Lori MacKenzie, underwent the procedure after an[...]
    Story Tags: Breast CancerBreast ReconstructionMicrovascular Surgery
  • Sarah Morse

    Coping With Breast Cancer That Spans Three Generations

    Sarah Morse
    Sarah Morse, 72, lives in San Francisco's Fillmore District. She and her husband have three grown children and six grandchildren, and they enjoy visiting their renovated 1956 Airstream, parked on the hillside of a friend's Sonoma County vineyard. Morse is also a breast cancer survivor. After being diagnosed at 59, she was certain she didn't have a chance of surviving but swore that if she did, she would find a way to help others. Today, Morse is cancer-free – and living up to her promise. You were diagnosed with breast[...]
    Story Tags: Breast Cancer
  • Dipti Anderson

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    Story Tags: Breast CancerBreast Reconstruction
  • Jessica Galloway

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    Story Tags: Breast Cancer
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