Breast Care Surgery »  Patient Stories

Patient Stories

  • 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

    Overcoming a Frightening Family History and Her Own Doubts

    sarah morse
    Sarah Morse Sarah Morse, 72, lives in San Francisco's Fillmore District. She and her husband have three grown children and six grandchildren, and enjoy visiting their renovated 1956 Airstream, parked on the hillside of a friend's Sonoma County vineyard. Morse is also a breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed at 59, she was certain she didn't have a chance of surving 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 can watch a[...]
    Story Tags: Breast Cancer
  • Dipti Anderson

    Once a Patient, She Now Guides Others through Treatment

    If you're a new breast cancer patient at UCSF, Dipti Anderson is one of the first people you're likely to meet. As a patient liaison, Anderson helps women navigate the often overwhelming new world of treatments, tests and appointments, alerting them to the many support services available at UCSF and answering their questions. Equally important, she's a sympathetic ear and a reassuring voice. "I always ease their worries by telling them they've come to the right place," she says. Sometimes she also shares where her deep confidence in UCSF[...]
    Story Tags: Breast CancerBreast Reconstruction
  • Jessica Galloway

    Breast Cancer Turns San Francisco Mom into Advocate

    Jessica Galloway hates to be called a 'cancer survivor.' It's been four years since she began her battle with breast cancer, and she feels healthy and strong, but the thought that her cancer might return is never far from her mind, and she resists the label of conquering hero. "I don't know that I will survive breast cancer," she says. But you could certainly call her a fighter. Once diagnosed, the former competitive ski racer attacked her disease like she might have tackled a ski course: with all the effort she could muster. In addition to[...]
    Story Tags: Breast Cancer
X