While Facing a Cancer Choice, Beethoven to the Rescue

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While Facing a Cancer Choice, Beethoven to the Rescue

Deciding what to do about a breast cancer called D.C.I.S.

Is you is or is you ain’t my cancer? I was in a funk about what to do about a possible cancer diagnosis until Beethoven came to the rescue.

I recently learned I had ductal carcinoma in situ, or D.C.I.S., a hotly contested condition that some doctors consider an early breast cancer and others say is not really cancer at all. The condition means that abnormal cells have been found in the milk ducts of the breast.

Debate continues to swirl around what to do about D.C.I.S. Some specialists, labeling it “Stage 0 cancer,” counsel quick intervention, saying the abnormal cells might turn into cancer. Others argue that aggressive treatment does not extend survival, so why undergo surgery or radiation?

Like most patients, I was offered a map of options: 1) watch and wait, 2) watch and wait with an aromatase inhibitor, 3) a lumpectomy, 4) a lumpectomy with radiation, 5) a mastectomy, or 6) a double prophylactic mastectomy. This last protocol was mentioned because I have inherited a mutation in the BRCA gene, which increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. It may have been why I developed the ovarian cancer that was diagnosed in 2008.

Read full article: While Facing a Cancer Choice, Beethoven to the Rescue – The New York Times

Read Full Article: While Facing a Cancer Choice, Beethoven to the Rescue – The New York Times

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