“ER” TV Doctor Maura Tierney to Undergo Surgery for Breast Tumor

Maura Tierney as Dr. Abby Lockhart of ER

According to the Associated Press, Ms. Tierney, 44, issued a statement today saying that she’s having surgery to remove a tumor in her breast and that she will not know the exact diagnosis or course of treatment until the operation is performed. When a tumor is removed or biopsied, it is subjected to examination under a microscope and other tests by a pathologist who determines exactly what type of tumor it is. There are many types of breast tumors and not all of them are malignant. It is worth noting in this regard that the word “tumor” simply means an abnormal growth or swelling and is not synonymous with “cancer.”

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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