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What Should Patients Know About Cancer Recurrence? - Dr. Chap (VIDEO)

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Dr. Chap lists what a woman should know about monitoring for cancer recurrence.

Dr. Chap:
Well, that’s very important, in terms of monitoring for recurrence. That is a woman’s biggest fear once they are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer. You know, it’s very disarming to patients who have had very healthy lifestyles for the most part, in particular here in Southern California. It’s very shocking when a diagnosis of one of these malignancies happen and something that many of these women live with and fear every day. Will they see their children grow up? Will they see their grandchildren?

So it’s something that they live with and surprisingly do extremely well with, but it always is in the back of their minds. So really having a physician who listens, I think is extremely important. It’s not too infrequent that I run into patients who maybe, really feel like they are falling through the cracks. How should they be followed? So, really having an ear open and listening to a patient’s complaints and being able to reassure somebody is extremely important.

Again, once this label is attached to a patient, they tend to be very fearful when different things that come with age may bother them, and to have somebody available to them who can reassure them that they are okay.

About Dr. Linnea Chap, M.D.:
Linnea Chap, M.D., is a medical oncologist with an interest in breast cancer treatment. She has been published multiple times and has led several breast and ovarian cancer treatment protocols, including the pioneering use of novel biologic agents such as Herceptin and Avastin. In 2001, Dr. Chap was named, one of “America’s Top Breast Cancer Doctors” by Redbook. Annually, she has also been listed as one of “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer,” published by Michael Connelly. Recognized for her teaching and speaking skills, Dr. Chap has a national reputation where she is frequently called on to speak on the most recent advances in breast cancer treatment.

Visit Dr. Chap at Saint John's Health Center