ROJoson’s Patients Saved from Unnecessary Breast Operations – 2001 (#7)
TGAguas, from Pampanga, was 44 years old in 2004 when she came to me for a second opinion. At that time, she was advised operation on a breast mass she palpated by a surgeon prior to seeing me. I just aspirated the mass and it revealed a macrocyst, one that contained fluid. The mass completely disappeared and there was no need for operation.
For the past 11 years, she has been coming to me for check-up. Yesterday, September 13, 2012, she came to me for a recurrence of the macrocysts which I just aspirated. Her last aspiration was two years ago. She is now 55 years old. With her menopause going to set in, the risk of recurrence will be lesser now.
TGAguas narrated how I saved her from an operation 11 years ago. She was thankful for this.
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.