two different oncologists. One recommended a
mastectomy (and told her that breasts were "just
fat"). The other recommended a lumpectomy.
Debbie's cancer was early stage, and estrogen based.
When she called me, I recommended the Oncotype
DX test, a genomic test that is used to help doctors
figure out a woman's risk of early-stage, estrogen-
receptor-positive breast cancer coming back. Since
the test showed low risk, Debbie decided to have
the lumpectomy. She is now cancer-free.
Your goal is to get the most objective
opinion about your medical condition and
treatment options as possible. Doctors tend to
refer patients to their acquaintances, especially
if they practice in the same hospital. Instead, do
your own research on the Web for doctors (not
necessarily surgeons) who have a good rating
and reputation. Consult research studies on your
type of surgery to find study researchers who
might have a clinical practice. Additionally, most
healthcare organizations, including hospitals and