Todays Star carries an article about Belinda Stronach and her diagnoses with breast cancer.
Stronach is in an undisclosed hospital in the Toronto area after undergoing a mastectomy and breast reconstruction on Tuesday. The type of cancer she has is known as DCIS – ductal carcinoma in situ – one of the more common and most treatable forms of breast cancer.
Her executive assistant, Greg MacEachern, did confirm the surgery to the Star and said he had spoken to Stronach yesterday, reporting that she is “upbeat and positive.” He added: “While her personal health is a private matter, she would like to emphasize the importance of early detection and is grateful they were able to catch the disease at this early point.”
Since April, Stronach has had a lumpectomy, ultrasound and a series of core biopsies, and it was after further consultation with doctors that she decided to undergo a full mastectomy this week. Chances of the cancer spreading or recurring are radically reduced when mastectomy is the chosen treatment, research has shown.
Stronach’s chances of recovery are also high, statistically speaking. Almost 90 per cent of those women who are diagnosed with breast cancer between the ages of 30 and 49 survive the disease.
I wish her a speedy and full recovery.