What a maroon. That’s what I thought after reading Bill Keller’s OpEd piece. Clearly, we have so much more work to do if someone of Keller’s stature is so clueless about metastatic breast cancer!
Bill Keller’s op-ed piece on “Heroic Measures” (January 12, 2014) contains egregious factual errors. It also misrepresents what metastatic breast cancer is and how it is treated.
Whether you agree with Lisa Bonchek Adam’s decision to chart her cancer via social media, it’s always helpful to get the facts right. While it is true that Adams was diagnosed with early stage cancer seven years ago, she has not been in a seven-year “public cage fight with death.”
When she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) a little over a year ago, it was then that her cancer became incurable–but still treatable—for now. For now, Adams is LIVING with metastatic breast cancer, as are 150,000 other US people. As Adams correctly told Keller, the course of the disease can involve many periods of relative stability, interspersed with serious complications and side effects. To live with…
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