Ask An Expert

You don’t understand your doctor’s mumbo-jumbo, or have doubts?  You are confused about the correctness of your diagnosis or your pathology report? You are too scared to wait six months to find out what may lurk inside your boob?  You have a family member, or a friend, with breast cancer and you want to figure out what it all means?  Go to:

http://www.hopkinsbreastcenter.org/services/ask_expert/

You can send them an email with your questions and wait for an answer. But chances are that  by reading other people’s questions you may have the answer to your own.

This site is so important that I urge everyone to save it in “favorites.”

When the big C strikes, everything is suddenly confusing and incomprehensible. You will never even remember this link to Johns Hopkins’, if you don’t save it NOW.

I hope you never have an occasion to use it. Unfortunately, though, chances are high you will. One in eight will get breast cancer. Some say the in-official number is now one in six.

The World Health Organization, WHO, estimates that every year,  1.2 millions new cases of breast cancer occur globally. About 200,000 are in the United States, which would indicate that American women have the highest rate of breast cancer in the entire world.

The Johns Hopkins’ life line is free. How amazing is that?

Thank you Lillie Shockney for devoting yourself to helping others. Thank you, Johns Hopkins, for keeping this valuable resource going!

Thanks to you I fought – and won- a re-excision. Had it not been for you, and one radiation oncologist with eagle eyes, I would probably have thought that less than a two mm margin was OK. (It is NOT.)

Ask the Expert is no substitute for medical advice from a physician who has examined you and your records. But you can learn from the questions and the answers if your instincts are worth pursuing. Let WDDD be your mantra: When in doubt don’t delay.

The breast cancer debate circles a great deal around “unnecessary” mammograms and biopsies. You may be “frightened” for “no reason.” Puh-leeeeze!

What is scarier? A biopsy where you find out everything is fine? Or the biopsy you didn’t have that brings you straight to Stage III or IV down the road…What is more alarming: a false positive or a false negative?

I, for one, will take the false positive and do jubilant cart wheels all the way home to uncork the champagne on the news “it” turned out to be “nothing.”

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