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Are You Sure I Have Breast Cancer? I Feel Fine. - Dr. Harness (VIDEO)

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Watch Dr. Harness share how important it is for doctors to double check information and the overwhelming shock patients face when diagnosed with cancer.

Dr. Harness:
It is overwhelming to be told that you have cancer, no matter what kind of cancer you have. So there is always doubt in patient’s mind. “Do I really have cancer?” A good center, for the treatment of any cancer, will always double check everything including having two pathologists look at slides. Here at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center we review slides of patients from the outside. There has to be a double check on everything, but part of that question is just part of the overwhelming shock that the patient has that she has cancer. “Do I really have it I feel fine? I don’t have any pain. I don’t have any discomfort.” That is an important lesson for breast cancer because the vast majority of patients with breast cancer, other than perhaps the one from the breast, really do not have any other symptoms.

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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