The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1976 · Page 12
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 12

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, December 7, 1976
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B2 Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, December 7, 1976 Breast From Bl- 50 OFF! FRAMED WITH FLAIR IN 7.99 REG. $16 "DUV" SUEDE Arthur took my hand. "You better go now," I said to him. He couldn't seem to talk. He bent down and kissed me on the mouth, a small, dry, quivering kiss, and then he was gone. I was alone now and I felt like Alice, whirring down the rabbit hole. Off with her breast, said the Duchess. I held onto the sides of the bed. (c) Bttty Rollin what you think is best. But I want to be sure you understand what is important to me. I do not want to die. That's No. 1. And No. 2 is - I am vain. Okay? I am vain. I I would like not to be very hideous, if if that's possible." My lower lip started to tremble and I bit it. He said something, I don't remember what, and left. It's JM's great "frame up" sale of elegant "Duv" suede gallery frames by Burnes. Satin gold finish has suede overlays in beige, rust or brown. All with non-glare glass. They come with single and multiple openings in oval and rectangular shapes. Each frame, 8x10" overall. Stationery, at all jm stores except lauderhill and pompano 0 0 0 inrrln I i r ii .r" UiU RAYMOND E. MORTIMER M.D., P.A. JOSE J. DOMINGO, M.D. Announce the relocation of their offices to 1920 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Suite 206 West Palm Beach Jmrcn I.IVJIII I A unit ol Allied Stern f He sat down at the foot of the bed and started to talk about the different kinds of mastectomies, the way he had in the office. This time I tried not to let the air in my head get in the way. But he was rattling the whole thing off like an airline stewardess explaining the emergency equipment, and I had to keep stopping him to ask him to repeat things. Until the 1950s, he said, if you had a malignancy (why don't they ever say cancer?) you had a radical mastectomy. That meant removal of the entire breast plus the lymph nodes in the armpit and the pectoral muscles. "That's the chest muscle, right?" I said. "Yes," he said,not liking the interruption. Then, he went on, there was a simple mastectomy, sometimes called a "total," which was removal of the entire breast but nothing more. A lumpectomy, he said, was the removal of the lump and some surrounding tissue. If -there was a malignancy, he said, that was too risky, because there was no way to tell if the malignancy had spread to another place in the breast without removing it. But a "radical," he said, would not be necessary. Studies showed that survival rates between women who had a "radical" and "modified radical" surgery were the same. (I remembered reading somewhere that for some time those findings were suppressed by some doctors, who did not want their "radical" patients to know that they needn't have had such disfiguring surgery.) A "modified radical," Singermann went on without skipping a beat, was the operation he did in most cases, and that was what he had in mind for me. With a modified radical mastectomy, the breast comes off, and some lymph nodes (the ones nearest to the breast, the assumption being that if the cancer had spread to the nodes, it would have spread to the nearest ones), but the pectoral muscles would be left intact. In other words, I translated to myself, my breast would come off, but my chest wouldn't cave in. Dutifully, he added that, if I wanted, he could do the biopsy alone, and, even if the tumor was malignant, I could have the mastectomy in a separate procedure. I knew some women wanted to wake up after the biopsy, get the verdict, then choose what to do. That struck me as stupid. As far as I or anyone else seemed to know at this point, if there was cancer in the breast, a mastectomy was what you did about it. As to which kind to have, Singer-mann's suggestion sounded reasonable to me. Anyway, what did I know? I had checked out his reputation and it was good. I had to trust him. He stopped talking. I felt very, very tired again. 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