Dr. Harness shares the most commonly asked questions by breast cancer patients.
The power of the internet and the knowledge that is out there patients walk in today better prepared than they have ever been to talk about their cancer and with that knowledge they know about the staging systems. Stage 0 is the earliest kind of in situ cancer all the way up to stage 4, where the cancer has gone elsewhere in the body. So, one of the questions asked commonly, “Doctor what stage is my cancer?” That is part of the empowerment we want patients to have. We want them to be able to talk comfortably in the language that we use. But they also want to know, “Where am I right now?” and potentially “Where am I going?” and “What is the stage of my cancer?”
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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