The truth about care when this doctor became the cancer patient

When Dr Keturah Hoffman was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and underwent a mastectomy followed by an axillary lymph node dissection, she felt alienated and powerless.

“All mastectomy patients have to deal with the complex physical and psychological issues associated with the disfigurement caused by breast cancer surgery… but if the procedure and communication are not handled well, it is so much worse than that.”

Dr Hoffman says her surgeon’s poor communication and lack of concern was “very disappointing

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