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February 12, 2011


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A few years ago I read somewhere that the appendix should always be removed during a total hysterectomy for ovarian cancer, and I knew mine had not been. I briefly considered asking my surgeon why she hadn't, then realized that I wasn't about to hop up on the table so she could go back in for it anyway so there was no point in asking.

Marie Ennis O'Connor

You could have written this for me Wendy! Thank you for bringing up this issue. I too was upset at the latest research for early stage breast cancer which suggests that an axillary dissection may not have been necessary in my case. I live with the painful consequences of a decision which may have been avoided.

Wendy S. Harpham, MD

Glad it helped, Marie.
With hope, Wendy

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