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he says. "I was engrossed in my job and other things, and it wasn't physically bothering me." It took a double mastectomy and radiation and drug therapy, but Larry is now doing well. "My cancer has stabilized and I feel great. Now, if I have
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illness tends to be more manageable, Schapira says. Those who need chemotherapy and/or more radical surgery such as a mastectomy often have a much bigger disruption to their lives. In any case, as word of her diagnosis spreads, she'll probably be
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and always expecting them to find something," Helene recalls. "I got to the point I was willing to undergo a bilateral mastectomy just to have it over with." Fortunately, she didn't have to go through such radical surgery. Instead, in the 1990s
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may help to have early and vigilant mammograms, regular breast and gynecological exams, or even preventive ovariectomy and mastectomy , says Ellen Matloff, a genetic counselor at Yale. "But frankly," she says, "you can never reduce the cancer risk to
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