Woman Undergoes Double Mastectomy after Finding Her Biological M…
Ask an Expert: Should You Be Worried about Your Child's Birthmar…
The Doctors Dos and Don'ts for Putting Things 'Down There'
3 Tips for Cultivating More Gratitude and Kindness
What Is the Blue Poop Challenge -- And Should You Do It?
Is Drinking Chlorophyll Water Good for Your Health?
Can You Bring More Kindness and Compassion into Your Life?
How to Treat Summer Sandal Blisters
Is the TikTok Ab-Dance Worth Your Ten Minutes?
How to Treat Dry and Cracked Heels
How Long Should It Take for Your Food to Travel through Your Sys…
FDA-Approved Weight Loss Medication a Game Changer?
Legal Expert Wendy Murphy on the Importance of Public Uprisings
The Doctors' Best Dog Advice from Our Favorite Pet Lovers
Ask an Expert: How to Avoid Filler Fatigue
Ask an Expert: Are You Applying Sunscreen Wrong?
The Doctors Get Real about Popular TikTok Hacks
Ask an Expert: Essential Summer Sleep Tips to Beat the Heat
Ask an Expert: The Vital Post-Surgery Steps You Need to Follow
Cult Expert Rick Ross Identifies Popular Groups That Could Be Cu…
We welcome Sheri, a member of The Doctors’ family, who underwent a double mastectomy after finding her birth mother and then learned of a scary diagnosis after the procedure.
Sheri was adopted when she was 3 weeks old and in 2011 she found her birth mother. She learned her birth mother's daughter had breast cancer when she was 40, and both her birth mother and sister carried the BRCA1 gene, which causes a greater risk for developing breast cancer. Sheri was tested for the gene as well and found out she was also positive for it.
After having imaging every six months to check for issues and dealing with anxiety about developing breast cancer, Sheri decided to have a double mastectomy from surgeon Dr. Heather Richardson and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Lisa Cassileth. After the preventive surgery, pathology tests discovered that Sheri had cancer in both of her breasts.
"It was a shock, I didn't expect it at all," she says, explaining she did not have any prior signs of breast cancer.
Surgeon Dr. Heather Richardson and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Lisa Cassileth tell us it is very rare to find cancer after the surgery is performed, but note Sheri having the procedure led to her finding out, which is always better. Sheri says chemotherapy is being suggested as a treatment, but she also notes there is also no current evidence of cancerous cells in her body, so she feels confused about what to do next.
Find out what oncologist Dr. Banu Arun says someone in Sheri's situation might do and hear how Sheri feels about her treatment options and if she will decide to undergo chemo, in the video below.