Monday, November 13, 2006

sign the petition to stop "drive thru mastectomies"!

http://www.lifetimetv.com/health/breast_mastectomy_pledge.html

More info follows, if you want details.

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating
the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an
outpatient procedure. Let's give women the chance to recover properly!

2 comments:

Anthony said...

Thanks for posting this. This is a big issue for hundreds of thousands of people When my wife was in the hospital dealing with the serious issue of breast cancer surgery, I had to be aggressive about keeping her in the hospital until she was ready to leave. Her sister and I also had to be very vigilant while she was in the hospital to make sure she got the proper treatment she needed during recovery; especially between midnight and 6 a.m.
Anthony Garrett

vinita said...

Breast Cancer patient protection
Common Breast Cancer Myths

The first myth pertaining to this disease is that it only affects women.

Second myth that is associated with this disease is that if one has found a lump during an examination, it is cancer.

Third is that it is solely hereditary

The next myth associated with breast cancer is downright ridiculous. Would you believe, that in this day and age, some individuals still think that breast cancer is contagious?

Conversely, some individuals foolishly believe that breast size determines whether or not one gets cancer.

Finally, another myth that is associated with this disease is that it only affects older people. This is not so. Although the chance of getting breast cancer increases with age, women as young as 18 have been diagnosed with the disease.

You can find a number of helpful informative articles on Breast Cancer patient protection at breast-cancer1.com

Breast Cancer patient protection