ROJoson’s Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations – October 12, 2013 (#17)
October 12, 2013, Ms. V Chao-Shi was happy to narrate to me that I saved her from an unnecessary operation a year ago. She had a breast ultrasound done in September 2012. Report showed a well-defined solid nodule, 1 cm in size on her left breast. She could not feel the mass reported in the ultrasound. She consulted a surgeon in Makati. The surgeon also could not feel the mass reported in the ultrasound. However, he strongly recommended an operation to remove the nodule reported in the ultrasound. Ms. Chao-Shi was already scheduled for the operation when a friend recommended her to seek my opinion. When I saw Ms. Chao-Shi (she was 57 years old) in September 2012, I also could not palpate the nodule reported in the ultrasound. I advised her just to monitor and have a regular check-up with me. I told her most likely what she had was just a fibrocystic breast condition which does not need operation, just monitoring. Thirteen months after, today on October 12, 2013, there was still no mass. She was convinced that I was right in my evaluation a year ago. She was so happy that she blurted out to me that I saved her from an unnecessary operation a year ago. I told her the feeling is mutual. I too was happy to learn that I was able to save another patient from an unnecessary breast operation.
History of ROJoson’s Project: ROJoson’s Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations – June 23, 2012 (Start of Registry)
Posted on June 23, 2012
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 August 8, 2013, I already have 70 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.