Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. While her husband and their toddler held down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy’s two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines Flight 587.
An unvarnished portrait of the daily life of medical examiners—complete with grisly anecdotes, chilling crime scenes, and a welcome dose of gallows humor—Working Stiff offers a glimpse into the daily life of one of America’s most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies—and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on television to reveal the secret story of the real morgue. “Haunting and illuminating...the stories from her average workdays…transfix the reader with their demonstration that medical science can diagnose and console long after the heartbeat stops” (The New York Times).
Presents information in a concise, at-a-glance format.
Fits into your pocket, for a convenient reference any time.
Offers abundant page references to the parent text, making additional information easy to find.Completely updated to reflect the latest knowledge and techniques across all areas of pathology.
Lange Pathology Flash Cards, Third EditionComplete coverage of all major topics covered in medical school pathology courses Each disease-specific card features a clinical vignette and details of the disorder, including: Etiology and epidemiology Pathologic or histologic findings Classic clinical presentations Current medical treatments Perfect for disease comparisons
3rd edition changes:
The field of oncology massage is maturing into a discipline with a deeper and deeper body of knowledge. The 3rd edition of Medicine Hands reflects this maturation. Every chapter contains updated information and insights into massaging people affected by cancer. New chapters have been added to cover each stage of the cancer experience: treatment, recovery, survivorship, side effects from the disease, and end of life. These new chapters and organizational structure will make it easier for the reader to find the information needed to plan the massage session for a given client. As well, a new chapter has been added that focuses on the Pressure/Site/Positioning framework. This is the clinical framework around which the massage session is planned.
The scientific research on the effects of massage for people with cancer is updated to 2013. New in the 3rd edition is material devoted to massaging young adult survivors, the person with breast reconstruction, cording, and late effects as well as thoughts for therapists and clients who are considering the use of massage as part of a detoxification process.
All of the features most enjoyed by past readers have been retained—the inspirational sidebar quotes, client and therapist anecdotes, info boxes, and therapists questions and answers. To augment the learning process, written exercises have been added for student therapists and all of those who want to participate in their own learning. As well, sample session write-ups have been included to show the reader the variety of touch modalities that can be used to for people living with cancer.
Finally, the 3rd edition will be full color with new color photographs.
The AJCC Cancer Staging Atlas, 2nd Edition, is an official publication of the American Joint Committee on Cancer, the recognized international leader in state-of-the-art information on cancer staging. This Atlas has been created as a companion to the updated 7th Edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, which continues to disseminate the importance of anatomical and pathological staging in the management of cancer. This state-of-the-art, invaluable 2nd Edition includes a CD containing PowerPoint slides of all illustrations, additional color, and a user-friendly, easy-to-read layout. The AJCC Cancer Staging Atlas, 2nd Edition will serve as an indispensable reference for clinicians, registrars, students, trainees, and patients.
Efficiently review a wide spectrum of topicswith page references and a parallel organization to both Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease and Robbins Basic Pathology, making additional information easy to locate.
Reinforce your understanding of key contentwith answers and detailed explanations for every question at the end of each chapter.
Enhance your understanding of pathophysiology and integrate pathologywith other medical disciplines by examining correlative laboratory, radiologic, and physical diagnostic data.
Visualize key pathologic concepts and conditionsand test your diagnostic skills with over 1,100 full-color images. Features new questions that reflect today’s hot topics in pathology, keeping you up to date. Includes many new illustrations to enhance visual guidance. Uses a new chapter arrangement to conform to the new Table of Contents in Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th Edition, for easier cross referencing.
Grasp the connections between basic science and clinical medicine with clinicopathologic correlations throughout.Learn core concepts quickly and efficiently with a highly templated design that highlights pathogenesis and morphology.
Artwork revised and updated for a more modern look and more three-dimensional feel
Targeted Therapy boxes – provides clinical information on appropriate therapy related to the disease under discussion
All photomicrographs and gross photos reviewed and improved to ensure excellent quality
Designed to complement Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th Edition and Robbins Basic Pathology, 8th Edition, this full-color atlas offers more than 1,500 outstanding full-color illustrations that vividly depict the diseases you need to know for pathology courses and USMLE exams. A quick visual reference or review of material for students and professionals alike.Includes gross, microscopic, and radiologic images correlated with examples of normal organs and tissues for comparison.Extensive legends summarize the key information you need to know.Correlates pathology with clinical history, physical exam findings, and clinical laboratory tests.A perfect study complement to Robbins and Cotran Review of Pathology. Includes many new and improved images.
Visually grasp and retain difficult concepts easilythanks to a user-friendly color-coded format, key concept boxes, explanatory diagrams, and over 190 photos to help you visualize tissues and diseases.
Put concepts into practice. "Critical Thinking Boxes" and 25 online cases encourage you to "think immunologically" while anchoring your understanding of immunology through clinical application.
Gauge your mastery of the materialand build confidence with high-yield style chapter-opening summaries and case-based and USMLE-style questions that provide effective chapter review and quick practice for your exams.
Access the full contents online at www.studentconsult.comwhere you'll find the complete text and illustrations, USMLE-style questions, clinical cases, and much more! Get the depth of coverage you need in a smaller, more manageably sized book. Through meticulous editing and reorganization, primary material remains in the book while more specialized and clinical material has been moved online.
Master the most cutting-edge concepts in immunology.Thorough updates throughout provide the timely knowledge you need ace your exams.
50 Critical Cancer Answers provides the essential information a person needs to create a personal action plan to deal with cancer effectively. Each of the 50 short, easy-to-digest chapters includes a concise explanation of the most effective and sought after cancer treatment in the realms of traditional medicine, natural medicine, emotional support and spiritual care. A succinct commentary is provided to help the reader understand potential benefits, and if it is a realistic treatment option or not. Each chapter includes:
- An interview with an expert in the field of the chapter's topic
- A "smartphone scannable" QR code linking the reader to You Tube video containing author commentary on the relevant topic
- 5 tips from cancer survivors--all 50 cancer survivors have received treatment from the authors' Oasis of Hope cancer centers.
Don't let a cancer diagnosis define your circumstances. Instead, develop a plan to identify, attack, and beat cancer.
Gather step-by-step techniques for assessing and implementing radiotherapeutic options with this comprehensive, full-color, clinically oriented text.
Review the basic principles behind the selection and application of radiation as a treatment modality, including radiobiology, radiation physics, immobilization and simulation, high dose rate, and more.Use new imaging techniques to anatomically locate tumors before and during treatment.
Apply multidisciplinary treatments with advice from experts in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology.
Explore new treatment options such as proton therapy, which can facilitate precise tumor-targeting and reduce damage to healthy tissue and organs.
Stay on the edge of technology with new chapters on IGRT, DNA damage and repair, and molecularly targeted therapies.
Forensic Science Under Siege is the first book to integrate and explain these problematic trends in forensic science. The issues are timely, and are approached from an investigatory, yet scholarly and research-driven, perspective. Leading experts are consulted and interviewed, including directors of highly visible forensic laboratories, as well as medical examiners and coroners who are commandeering the discussions related to these issues. Interviewees include Henry Lee, Richard Saferstein, Cyril Wecht, and many others.
The ultimate consequences of all these pressures, as well as the future of forensic science, has yet to be determined. This book examines these challenges, while also exploring possible solutions (such as the formation of a forensic science consortium to address specific legislative issues). It is a must-read for all forensic scientists.
* Provides insight on the current state of forensic science, demands, and future direction as provided by leading experts in the field
* Consolidates the current state of standards and best-practices of labs across disciplines
* Discusses a controversial topic that must be addressed for political support and financial funding of forensic science to improve
This third edition is thoroughly revised and expanded with new chapters in different fields. Topics covered address automotive, aviation, military and other environments. Field data collection; injury coding/scaling; injury epidemiology; mechanisms of injury; human tolerance to injury; simulations using experimental, complex computational models (finite element modeling) and statistical processes; anthropomorphic test device design, development and validation for crashworthiness applications in topics cited above; and current regulations are covered. Risk functions and injury criteria for various body regions are included. Adult and pediatric populations are addressed. The exhaustive list of references in many areas along with the latest developments is valuable to all those involved or intend to pursue this important topic on human injury biomechanics and prevention.
The expanded edition will interest a variety of scholars and professionals including physicians, biomedical researchers in many disciplines, basic scientists, attorneys and jurists involved in accidental injury cases and governmental bodies. It is hoped that this book will foster multidisciplinary collaborations by medical and engineering researchers and academicians and practicing physicians for injury assessment and prevention and stimulate more applied research, education and training in the field of accidental-injury causation and prevention.
In telling these stories, Lippe and Le alternate chapters. Lippe writes about the early signs that something was wrong; Le continues with a description of pancreatic cancer, its symptoms, and its treatments. Lippe talks about his prognosis, contemplates the prospect of death, and describes how he began to cope; Le explains the importance, for both doctor and patient, of balancing hope and truth. Lippe speaks frankly about the toll the disease takes on his marriage and family; Le offers a general picture of what most patients can expect with their illness. The book concludes with Lippe and Le’s reflections on their partnership in treating cancer, lessons they have learned, and their thoughts about the positive things that sometimes emerge from illness.
Pancreatic Cancer offers clear explanations of what the disease is, describes what people with the disease will feel physically and mentally, and discusses current treatments and future directions of research. The authors hope that their honest yet hopeful perspective will help all people with cancer and those who care about them.
This much praised and widely used reference manual on has been extensively revised and expanded to cover the entire field of anatomic pathology. The Third Edition features the incorporation of full-color images in the text with updates of new diagnostic and prognostic information. New classifications and numerous new entities and histologic variants are fully explored. Useful immunostaining biomarkers and emerging molecular targets and relevant molecular findings that have emerged from recent genomic studies are incorporated in each chapter.
Written by internationally recognized authorities, the comprehensive, evidence-based practice information is presented in an outline format that is clear and easy to follow. Up-to-date and richly detailed, Essentials of Anatomic Pathology, Third Edition offers both the pathologist-in-training and the practicing pathologist a concise summary of all the critical information needed to recognize, understand and interpret anatomic pathology.
Faithful to its title, this text espouses a truly multidisciplinary approach, integrating information from the fields of oncology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, and neurology. Experts in each specialty have gathered that information which is most important for all physicians caring for patients with brain metastasis.
Brain Metastasis includes complete discussions for all situations in which radiosurgery might be recommended, including for the treatment of gross brain metastasis; for the prevention of tumor-related injury of brain function; and as an alternative to whole-brain radiotherapy.
Features of this uniquely accessible guide include:
A timely discussion of exciting recent developments in aggressive care An emphasis on quality-of-life issues and palliative care Special chapters on radiosurgery for both brain metastasis and spinal tumors Full color insert of high-quality images
This concise and comprehensive text provides a multidisciplinary information source for brain metastasis. It is an essential resource for any practitioner who cares for patients with this devastating yet surprisingly common condition.
Dail and Hammar’s Pulmonary Pathology has set the standard for which all other pathology texts strive to achieve. From stellar reviews of the Second Edition:
"When the first edition of Pulmonary Pathology by David H. Dail and Samuel P. Hammar was published in 1988, it was clear that it was to become the reference book for pulmonary pathology. It was difficult to conceive then that a better book on the subject could be assembled. The second edition of this encyclopedic work proved convincingly that improvement could occur. Indeed, the new revised edition is more complete and better illustrated...I consider this book to be an outstanding contribution to the pathology literature and a must in the library of surgical and pulmonary pathologists." -- Human Pathology
Thoroughly revised and up-dated edition of the standard reference work in histotechnology that successfully integrates both theory and practice.Provides a single comprehensive resource on the tried and tested investigative techniques as well as coverage of the latest technical developments.
Over 30 international expert contributors all of whom are involved in teaching, research and practice.Provides authoritative guidance on principles and practice of fixation and staining.
Extensive use of summary tables, charts and boxes.Information is well set out and easy to retrieve.
Six useful appendices included (SI units, solution preparation, specimen mounting, solubility). Provides practical information on measurements, preparation solutions that are used in daily laboratory practice.
Color photomicrographs used extensively throughout. Better replicates the actual appearance of the specimen under the microscope.
Brand new co-editors.
New material on immunohistochemical and molecular diagnostic techniques.Enables user to keep abreast of latest advances in the field.
• Features more than 150 tables that examine the interpretation of histochemical stains, immunohistochemical studies, electron microscopy findings, cytogenetic changes, and much more.
• Presents a user-friendly design, concise paragraphs, numbered lists, and bulleted material throughout the text that makes information easy to find.
• Offers detailed instructions on the dissection, description, and sampling of specimens.
• Includes useful guidance on operating room consultations, safety, microscope use, and error prevention.
• Explains the application of pathology reports to patient management.
• Discusses how to avoid frequent errors and pitfalls in pathology specimen processing.
• Includes all updates from the last three revisions of the Brigham & Women's Hospital in-house handbook, ensuring you have the best knowledge available.
• Features new and updated tables in special studies sections, particularly immunohistochemistry with an increased number of antibodies covered, keeping you absolutely up to date.
• Provides new tables that cover the histologic appearance of viruses and fungi and a table covering the optical properties of commonly seen noncellular material for easy reference.
• Incorporates the TNM classification systems from the new 7th edition AJCC manual, including additional guidelines for the assessment of critical pathologic features.
• Presents four new full size illustrations by Dr. Christopher French and Mr. Shogun G. Curtis, as well as 39 illustrations for the new tables on viruses, fungi, and noncellular material to aid in their recognition.
Taking a unique multi-disciplinary approach, the book covers conventional histopathology and cytopathology, as well as all important complementary diagnostic tests, such as immunophenotyping (immunohistochemical stains and flow cytometry), karyotyping, FISH and DNA/molecular studies. It offers concise textual and extensive visual coverage of both neoplastic and non-neoplastic hematology disorders, with the neoplastic hematology sections presented according to the most recent WHO classifications. There is also an introduction to the normal structures of hematopoietic tissues and the various multidisciplinary techniques.
The atlas contains more than 900 high-quality color images that mirror the findings that fellows and clinicians encounter in practice. It provides information in a quick, simple and user-friendly manner, attracting those who are in training or are not considered experts in the field. Residents, fellows, practicing clinicians, and researchers in pathology, hematology, hematology/oncology, as well as graduate students in pathology and other clinicians workings in clinical hematology laboratories will all find it useful.Saves clinicians and researchers time in quickly accessing the very latest details on the diverse clinical and scientific aspects of hematopathology, as opposed to searching through thousands of journal articles For clinicians, fellows, and residents, correct diagnosis (and therefore correct treatment) of diseases depends on a strong understanding of the molecular basis for the disease – hematologists, pathologists, oncologists, and other clinicians will benefit from this clear, focused, annotated format
Companion web site features over 900 images from the book!
Various approaches such as sophisticated imaging techniques, improved surgical procedures, ground-breaking strategies for radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, chemoimmunotherapy, and photodynamic therapy are being used for eradicating glioblastoma. Hopefully, this book will be an important source of information on glioblastoma and therefore be highly useful to the students, postdoctoral fellows, principal investigators, and clinicians involved in this field.
Each section will be comprehensively revised by an international team of authors. Over 900 high quality colour images will accompany each diagnostic entity. There will be coverage of cytology in sections relating to myeloid dysplasias and acute leukaemias, as well as incorporating new WHO classification of lymphomas and leukaemias.
The digitally photographed and remastered images in this new edition will be of the highest quality, put onto disk directly from the microscope in digital format and reproduced in print form. The text will give comparisons of the common methods of sample collection, fixation and staining, and a clear description of how to examine a trephine section. It will cover the disorders of bone marrow, discussing the clinical features, histopathology of bone marrow and diagnostic problems of each condition. Chapters close with a summary of key points. The consistent approach to describing each condition makes this a valuable reference tool for the trainee and practicing histopathologists, pathologists and haematologists.
Oncologists, cancer researchers, and nutritionists are separated by divergent skills and professional disciplines that need to be bridged in order to advance preventative as well as treatment strategies. While oncologists and cancer researchers may study the underlying pathogenesis of cancer, they are less likely to be conversant in the science of nutrition and dietetics. On the other hand, nutritionists and dietitians are less conversant with the detailed clinical background and science of oncology. This book addresses this gap and brings each of these disciplines to bear on the processes inherent in the oxidative stress of cancer.Nutritionists can apply information related to mitochondrial oxidative stress in one disease to diet-related strategies in another unrelated disease Dietitians can prescribe new foods or diets containing anti-oxidants for conditions resistant to conventional pharmacological treatments Dietitians, after learning about the basic biology of oxidative stress, will be able to suggest new treatments to their multidisciplinary teamsNutritionists and dietitians will gain an understanding of cell signaling, and be able to suggest new preventative or therapeutic strategies with anti-oxidant rich foods
This book introduces a new concept of genome theory of cancer evolution, in an attempt to unify the field. Many important and representative, but often confusing, questions and paradoxes are critically analyzed. By comparing gene- and genome-based theories, the hidden flaws of many popular viewpoints are addressed. This discussion is intended to initiate a much-needed critical re-evaluation of current cancer research.Contents:Introduction: Why Debate Cancer, and Why Now?The Gene Mutation Theory of CancerAlternative Theories to Explain CancerThe Surprise Cancer Genome Landscape Revealed by Cancer Genome Sequencing ProjectsUnraveling the Mystery of Cancer: Understanding Genome Variation Mediated Cancer EvolutionSignificance of the Insignificant: Why "Noise" is Essential for Cancer EvolutionDo Different Cancers Represent Different Species?Facts vs. Myths
Readership: This book will be appreciated by the research community at large. It will also serve as an excellent resource for a wide range of readers, including researchers, graduate students, physicians, science reporters, and even policy-makers.
Key Features:Currently, there exists no such book. This title represents a much-needed effort to systematically re-examine many concepts in cancer research which have remained relatively the same for decadesThe topics discussed are well-known paradoxes to researchers (over 50 of them). Addressing these questions will not only provide answers to key puzzles in the field but also introduce a new conceptual framework, the genome-based cancer evolution theoryThis book will encourage new ideas/approaches that bridge basic research and clinical applications. The analysis of provocative questions will spur a long overdue debate on this subjectKeywords:Cancer Evolution;Genome Theory;Cancer Heterogeneity;Cancer Landscape;Cancer Theories;Drug Resistance;Cancer Diagnosis;Cancer Research
Written in joint collaboration by residents and staff radiation oncologists at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, the book contains more than 900 questions addressing the full gamut of the science and practice of radiation oncology today.
Radiation Oncology Self-Assessment Guide Features: Comprehensive coverage of radiation oncologyFlash-card" format facilitates recall of key data, treatment assessment and patient management, and important original studiesOrganized by the major subject areas in radiation oncology, the question sets feature structured questions and nswers designed to test recall and sharpen skillsAuthors are from the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
Did you know that you can have breast cancer without having a lump?
Did you know that all breast cancers do not show up on a mammogram or an ultrasound?
Have you ever heard of Inflammatory Breast Cancer?
Nina Anderson, the author of this book, would have answered "no" to all of the above questions. If she had known some of these facts, she would have been more suspicious about her symptoms. She was a very health conscious individual. She had a mammogram and Pap test every year and did monthly self breast examinations. When she started having swelling, an inverted nipple, redness and a fever in her right breast, the last thing she ever suspected was that she might have breast cancer. She had hardly ever been sick in her entire life until she was diagnosed with this very aggressive and lethal form of breast cancer known as Inflammatory Breast Cancer. This book is the story of her dreadful ordeal and miraculous survival.
Nina considers the sequence of events that led to her early diagnosis a miracle that saved her life. Many women do not survive IBC because there is no lump involved and it cannot be detected by a mammogram or ultrasound. The only way to get a conclusive diagnosis is to perform a surgical biopsy of the breast and skin tissue. The symptoms of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (abbreviated as IBC) are similar to a breast infection known as mastitis. Most women are diagnosed with mastitis or cellulitis and treated with antibiotics for two to three months. By that time IBC is so aggressive that it has spread to other organs of the body and is in the final stage of breast cancer. The details of her diagnosis and the eleven months of treatment that followed are chronicled in this amazing story of survival.
During her very first chemotherapy treatment, an incident involving a bumble bee instilled a hope in Nina that would help to sustain her during the long, grueling months of treatment. She shares her experience in an effort to inform every woman about the symptoms of Inflammatory Breast Cancer and how to cope and fight the disease. It is her hope that this book will save lives. No woman should have to suffer the consequences of this disease because she has never heard of IBC or didn't know about the symptoms. Nina also wants to give every woman who is diagnosed with IBC the hope that YOU CAN SURVIVE.
Here is an excerpt from her book:
CHAPTER ONE – THE MONTH OF APRIL
RARE ENCOUNTERS OF THE INTIMATE KIND
You know how when you get past fifty years old, those intimate moments with your spouse are few and far between? Well that's kind of how it was with us. But it was one of those rare evenings when things just seemed to fall in place and it happened! Afterwards my husband, Richard, said that something wasn't right with my right breast. I told him that I had already noticed it and that I thought I might have mastitis. He had no idea what that was, so I explained that it was an infection of the mammary glands which you can sometimes have when you are breastfeeding. I had some redness and swelling and the breast had felt kind of feverish for about a week or two. I told him I guess I would have to make an appointment with my gynecologist and get some antibiotics. It was kind of aggravating to be going through menopause and have to deal with a breast infection. I promised that as much as I hated going to the doctor, I would make an appointment the next day.
When I woke up the next morning, the breast was so swollen that the nipple had inverted. I remembered when I was breast feeding that this same thing had happened when it was feeding time. The breasts would fill with milk and the right nipple would become an "inny" instead of an "outy." I would have to use a nipple shield in order for the baby to be able to nurse. So an inverted nipple with swelling was normal for me. I thought for certain that this was mastitis. I called to get an appointment with my gynecologist and, much to my disappointment; she was not practicing at this time because she had decided to stay home with her children. This was the fourth gynecologist I had had in the past four years. The last three were women and it was just my luck that every time I was ready for my next annual check up, I was informed that they were staying home with their children. I usually liked to go to a female gynecologist because I felt like a woman could understand my problems. Fortunately this time I was seeing someone who was part of a group of gynecologists so I just told the receptionist to pick one for me because I was having some problems and I needed to see someone soon. She said she would call me back to arrange the appointment.
In the meantime, I looked at my calendar and realized it was almost time for my annual mammogram, so I decided that I would try to schedule that appointment as well, especially since it usually takes about two or three weeks to get in. So I called the imaging center where I usually go to have my mammogram to see when I could come in for an appointment. The receptionist said she had an appointment open the very next day. I said, "I'll take it!" I explained to her that I thought I was having a problem. She requested that I call my gynecologist (of course I did not know who that would be at this time) and request an order for a "diagnostic mammogram." She said to tell them to fax it to them so they would be able to do a more extensive mammogram when I came in the next day. So I called the gynecologist group's office and discovered I had been assigned a new doctor and I asked if it would be possible for them to fax a request for the diagnostic mammogram and of course they were able to do this. My appointment with the gynecologist would be in July. This was April 4th.
So on April 5th, 2002, at 2:00 PM I went to have my annual mammogram at the same place I had been going for the past five years. The technician was very nice and she had gotten the fax of the order for the diagnostic tests. I went through the usual eye popping experience only this time it seemed a little more uncomfortable. I waited for the nurse to come back to tell me if the images were OK before getting dressed. When she came in, she said that the radiologist would like to see me. As I was getting dressed, I was thinking that I didn't remember this ever happening before. Maybe they have changed the procedure. When I walked into the slightly darkened room, the radiologist had several x-rays on a lighted background. He began to focus in on an area on my right breast that he said was positioned at about 5 o'clock that indicated there might be a problem. He talked about two types of problems, non-malignant and malignant. I don't remember everything that was said but I do remember the part where he said that he thought that I had a malignant tumor and that the survival rate dropped depending on the size of the tumor. I asked him to explain what he meant. He said with 1 centimeter it is about 90% survival, 1.5 it drops to 80% and so on. I wanted to say, "Are you talking to me?" I have mastitis; I don't have malignant breast cancer! You must have the wrong x-rays up there! But I didn't say anything. The radiologist suggested that we try to get a better image with an ultrasound, so the ultrasound technician escorted me to the ultrasound room where once again I undressed. She tried for 45 minutes to pick up an image but was unsuccessful. I felt certain by now that they had the wrong person and the wrong x-rays. So I got dressed again and the radiologist came in and said that even though the technician could not get an image that did not matter. He advised me that I should go straight to a surgeon and just skip the biopsy. He sai