ROJoson’s Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations – 1993 (#4)
“I was one of those patients whom you saved from unnecessary breast operation in 1993. I just had my annual PE and our company doctor felt a lump on my right breast and recommended an operation. Since I already had a benign cyst excised in the same breast in 1985, I did not want to have another operation as much as possible, if unnecessary.
I was referred to you by my brother, who was your student in PGH. Your diagnosis was that there was no need for an operation. I was thankful for that. After 19 years, I still have that “lump” in my breast and we are still monitoring. Thank you Dr. Joson for saving me from that unnecessary operation.
The good that came from this incident was that my mom began to question the lump in her breast which she thought was an insect bite that wouldn’t heal. She went to you and you diagnosed that she had stage 2/3 cancer. She lived 7 good years after you did her mastectomy. “
ROJoson’s Note: The “lump” of EM is “fibrocystic breast changes.”
History of ROJoson’s Project:
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 June 2, 2012, I already have 36 survivors in the registry, 14 to go.
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.