Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds

“Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds.” By Katherine O’Brien, MBCN Secretary, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.

Editor’s Note: Peggy Orenstein’s April 25, 2013 article–the cover story for this Sunday’ s New York Times’ Magazine, demonstrates a remarkable depth and thoughtfulness. It is long–but well-worth the effort to read. For those looking for a quick overview, we’ve prepared the following summary and added our observations where appropriate.

  • Initial Treatment and Recurrence
  • Early Detection Doubts
  • Overtreatment
  • DCIS Dilemma
  • Confusing Statistics
  • We Can’t Manage What We Don’t Measure
  • Funding Research
  • Know the Breast Cancer Facts

nmbcad-logo-black-smallMBCN’s summary of the topics above will help to aid readers’ understanding of this important article as well as prompt further discussions. MBCN’s added point is that metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer is poorly understood both as a lived reality, and as a disease. MBCN worked to establish October 13th as National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. 

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