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What Do ‘Engaged’ Patients Do?
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Desiree Basila was 52 when her stage zero breast cancer — also called ductal carcinoma in situ — was diagnosed. While her cancer was found very early, she was ultimately diagnosed with the disease in both breasts. In addition, it was found in several locations. For Basila, doctors said her only realistic treatment option was double mastectomy — which Basila opposed. “If I die at 75 instead of 95 I think I can live with that,” she told me recently. “I did not really want to have a double mastectomy.”

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