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CancerLynx - we prowl the net
September 30, 2002

STOP Drive-Through Mastectomies
Louise Heyneman

If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times.

One week ago my 44-year old friend, Terry, underwent 8 hours of surgery for breast cancer in San Francisco. She had a double mastectomy and reconstruction. One of her doctors urged her to go home 24 hours after surgery, with reference to insurance coverage.

The Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act ( H.R. 536) will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the drive through mastectomy where women are forced to go home hours after surgery, often against the wishes of their doctors, still groggy from anesthesia, weakened from hours of surgery, and usually with drainage tubes attached to their bodies.

CancerLynx - We Prowl the Net urges you to grass roots action. Please support the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act. Tell your City, County, State, US Representative and Senators how you feel. Talk to those in your community. Call your local media. If a hospital in your area practices drive by mastectomies, gather the members of your support groups, your friends, your local religious and civic groups and stop this. Our voices must be heard

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