ROJoson’s Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations – March 14, 2013 (#15)
March 14, 2013, I had a 33-year-old female, C. Figueroa, who had one macrocyst (1.5 cm) on her right breast which I just aspirated. She recounted that before coming to me, she was told in 2011 by a physician who practiced alternative medicine that she had cancer. She was advised to undergo “chemotherapy.” However, she did not subject herself to the proposed “chemotherapy.” She then consulted a surgeon of an HMO who was convincing her to undergo an excision of the breast mass. She was hesitant until she came to my clinic in Manila Doctors Hospital. When she consulted me, I told her she just had a macrocyst, not cancer. What she needed was just a needle aspiration and not an excision operation. The bases for my evaluation and recommendation were derived from my physical examination finding of a cystic mass and an ultrasound report of a “cyst.” The ultrasound of the breast was requested by the surgeon who was recommending an operation. True enough, after my aspiration of 1 cc of grayish fluid, the mass instantly disappeared. She felt no more mass. She was extremely happy and relieved of the two-year-long anxiety that she had as a result of being told she had cancer; she needed “chemotherapy;” and she needed to be operated on. On my part, I was happy to be of help to this patient, particularly, on saving her from an unnecessary breast operation.
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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 December 11, 2012, I already have 50 survivors in the registry. I have reached my target. As of February 12, 2013, I already have 57 survivors in the registry.
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.