Dr. Michelle Shayne, Breast Oncologist at URMC, speaks to WXXI's LeShea Agnew
Celebrity actress Angelina Jolie recently underwent a double mastectomy after learning she had an increased risk for breast cancer. A doctor at the University of Rochester's Medical Center says this is the same life-changing decision thousands of women in our area are forced to make every year.
A new report by the New England Journal of Medicine suggests breast cancer radiation may increase a person's risk for long-term heart complications.
Each year, more than 211,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. More than 2,100 women were studied and 963 had a "major cardiac event" within 5 years of treatment.
Dr. Meri Atanas is Chief of Radiation Oncology at Rochester General Health System. She explains to WXXI why she still encourages women to consider radiation as a treatment option despite the study's findings.