Medical Monday: Breast cancer survivor stresses early detection

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Marie Vice did not feel any lumps in her breasts, but a routine mammogram showed something suspicious. That suspicious finding prompted a biopsy, which revealed cancer.


"I was kind of in denial. Nobody in my family has breast cancer, so it was a big surprise," said Vice.

Dr. George Reiss performed Vice's bilateral mastectomy. She chose that option after breast cancer was found in both breasts.

"There are advancements in surgery, advances in chemotherapy, and now also in radiation therapy. Treatment is not as drastic, and treatment is more individualized based on the patient and the biology of the tumor," explained Dr. Reiss.

The type of surgery that's performed on breast cancer patients depends on the tumor type and patient preference. In patients who do not undergo a mastectomy, a lumpectomy with radiation is performed.

Vice had been getting routine mammograms for years but said she was about 6 months behind schedule when she got her latest one. Luckily, the cancer was caught in time. That's why she urges other women to get screened. Vice says she won't have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation.