Eileen - Interview 24- DCIS
Age at interview: 62
Age at diagnosis: 60
Brief outline: Eileen was diagnosed with DCIS in 2002 and had a mastectomy. Afterwards, she questioned the value of breast screening and chooses not to have routine mammograms.
Background: Eileen is a retired writer and single. Ethnic background / nationality' White British
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- Age at interview:
- Age at diagnosis:
- Eileen is a retired writer and single. Ethnic background / nationality' White British
At some point, I can't recall exactly when, in this frantic time, it may have been after I had the second opinion, I then wrote to my surgeon and faxed him the letter with some more questions that I had. By then it was why he was proposing to take lymph nodes away when DCIS was all about non-invasive cancer. There might be invasive cancer but they would find that out after I'd had the surgery and wouldn't it be better to just remove the tissue and only attack my lymph nodes if they discovered there was invasive cancer after I'd had my mastectomy. And so these were the kind of questions I had. So I faxed him this letter and I put on the top my email address. I didn't actually say I'd like to do this by email, but I thought at least I'll show I've got an email address, and he faxed me back the same day a reply, a good reply to my letter and actually said, "If you would like to communicate with me by email I'm very happy to do so", which was a thrill, an absolute thrill.
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