The Goldilocks Principle

Molly MacDonald weighs in on a Personalized Breast Cancer Treatment That Is "Just Right" for You

This month, I attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium where 7500 physicians, researchers, affiliated health care providers, and patient advocates from all over the world convened to learn about the latest clinical and basic research, as well as treatment protocols for breast cancer. There was a lot of talk about over and under treatment.

As a breast cancer survivor and advocate, let me begin by stating that the terms over and under do not give me peace of mind or confidence when thinking about treatment options, particularly if I am presented with 2 distinctly different courses of treatment. If each treatment is proposed to dramatically reduce my risk of recurrence and lead to long-term progression-free survival, I certainly do not want to be under or over treated. I prefer terms such as conservative or aggressive.

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Published 12.24.2018 in the American Journal of Managed Care.

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