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2/14/2015Lillie: I tried to submit this comment via but the webpage wouldn't open. I've been watching several videos about breast cancer available through the Breast Center video gallery (including one in which you did the presentation)and I wanted to thank all of you for making this information available over the web. The video content is tremendous and, while couched in medical terminology, it is still easily understood by the average lay person. More importantly, the presenters do not presume that women do not want (or are incapable of understanding) "technical" information regarding the types of breast cancers, available and appropriate diagnostics and appropriate treatments. I believe that these videos are providing information that the majority of women need to know in order to make an informed decision about treatment options but simply cannot get elsewhere. I haves several breast cancer survivors in my current social circle and all of them felt that they were not fully informed of their options before commencing treatment and that the benefits of the treatment that they were strongly encouraged to pursue without delay did not outweigh long term risks that now have reduced the quality of their lives. None of them were treated as an equal partner in these health care decisions. And I have been confronted with the same attitude by the practitioners that I have questioned regarding breast cancer and treatment options. Luckily, I have not yet been diagnosed with breast cancer yet but did have a scare that launched me into researching my options and luckily led me to the Johns Hopkins website. In the geographical area in which I and my friends reside many claim to be breast cancer specialists and the chances of being misled down a "not too rosy" path of poor treatment options by practitioners whose actual credentials and experience do not match their claims of breast cancer expertise are great. So, please keep up the marvelous work. All of you have done so much to advance the quality of care by maintaining this website and sharing advances in breast cancer treatment and I wanted you all to know that it is very much appreciated. The time spent in coordinating the presentation of materials on this website has greatly reduced my anxiety and, should I be faced with a breast cancer diagnosis in the near future, I will strongly consider review and evaluation of my case by Johns Hopkins before making treatment decisions. So to all of you - many thanks again particularly for not treating women like hysterical ding bats who are incapable of understanding the multi-faceted science of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. And please keep up the good work.
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2/15/2015Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Our goal is to educate and empower women as they enter into their unexpected journey of breast cancer. It is good to hear that our web site, videos and links are providing this. Best wishes

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