Dr. Jay Harness introduces himself and discusses what he tells patients who ask if they need chemotherapy.
I am Jay Harness. I am a surgical oncologist and I serve as a Medical Director of the St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center in Orange, California. In addition to that I have a national role as a President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
One of the most common questions that I am asked by newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer is, “Doctor, do I need chemotherapy?” and I think the reason the patients ask that question is the inherent fear of chemotherapy and I immediately tell them to please hold off on worrying about their fears and allow us to figure out what is really needed so that they receive the contemporary state of care. That might include chemotherapy, but chemotherapy today is not as bad as patient’s think and once we are able to sort of ease patient’s fears, they do a lot better.
About Dr. Harness. M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
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