ROJoson’s Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations – 1999 (#9)
Ms. Chua Le Chit consulted me for a second opinion in 1999. She was 58 years old then. She had a mammography which showed calcifications. She was previously advised by another surgeon to have a needle-localization biopsy done. When she came to me, I recommended just close monitoring and check-up as the calcifications were coarse on my assessment.
She is now 71 years old. For the past 13 years, she had been having check-up with me with a yearly mammogram. Today, October 23, 2012, she had a check-up with me – no dominant mass detected up to now. Mammography findings have been stable. Today also, she narrated her 1999 story and expressed her thanks again to me for saving her from an unnecessary operation in 1999.
History of ROJoson’s Project:
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. As of October 2012, I have 6 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.