62-year-old Mary Clingman, a labor and delivery nurse from Maple Valley, Washington had an intuition she would never develop breast cancer. So she wasn’t careful to get yearly mammograms. After a four year lapse a mammogram showed early stage breast cancer. She was terrified and immediately wanted both breasts removed. But a team of doctors at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington, a network member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, patiently educated her as to the benefit of a more conservative option, lumpectomy followed by radiation and some reconstruction. In this Patient Power program Mary tells her story and we hear from a key member of her team, breast surgeon Dr. Kristi Harrington. Dr. Harrington explains the importance of a woman taking the time to make an educated decision.
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