ROJoson’s Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations – July 28, 2012 (#2)
July 28, 2012, Ms. Joanna_M, a 43-year-old female came to see me for a second opinion. Prior to seeing me, she was advised by another physician to have an immediate breast operation because of an ultrasound finding of a 1-cm “solid nodule” on her right breast. My palpation revealed no dominant breast mass particularly on the area referred to by the ultrasonographer. Ms. M claimed there would be changes in the texture of her breasts during and after her menses. My assessment, therefore, was that she had a fibrocystic breast changes and therefore, no operation was needed. I advised her self-monitoring and monitoring and check-up by a breast specialist.
No doubt, as a result of what I did, she was very thankful to me as I saved her from an unnecessary breast operation.
ROJoson’s Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations – June 23, 2012 (Start of Registry)
Today, June 23, 2012, I had a patient, Elizabeth_C, 40s, a sewer, whom I saved from an unnecessary breast operation. She had a macrocyst which I just aspirated. Prior to seeing me, she was advised by another physician to have a breast operation. No doubt, as a result of what I did, she was very thankful to me as I saved her from an unnecessary breast operation.
I have experienced a lot of this kind of situation before, that is, patients advised to have breast operations but which to me are not necessary, either just a needle aspiration is needed or the patient just has a fibrocystic breast condition, which is considered normal.
Today, June 23, 2012, I start a project dubbed as “Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations.” I will make a registry of patients whom I have saved from unnecessary breast operations. The main inclusion criterion will be those patients who were previously advised to have a breast operation (one that is more than a needle evaluation and aspiration with or without biopsy) and after my evaluation, I decided it is not needed and the patient appreciated my recommendation. I will target a total of 50 patients in the registry. I can backtrack, meaning those patients that I have saved from unnecessary breast operations even before June 23, 2012 can be included in the registry.
This will be another legacy that I will leave behind for my patients. The other one that I have started in December 2011 is the ROJoson’s Cancer Survivors in which I am also using “50″ as a target. As of June 2, 2012, I already have 36 survivors in the registry, 14 to go.
The ROJoson’s Cancer Survivors and the ROJoson’s Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations will be one of my end-points in which I can say I have lived a life that matters.