6/12/02 - Breast Cancer Victims Lean on Their Husbands - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

6/12/02 - Breast Cancer Victims Lean on Their Husbands

  • Latest Health NewsThe Latest from HealthDayMore>>

  • The 'Hobby Lobby ruling' and what it means for U.S. health care

    The 'Hobby Lobby ruling' and what it means for U.S. health care

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles.
    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles.
  • Diet changes can alter gut bacteria

    Diet changes can alter gut bacteria

    Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.
    Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.
  • Lift U.S. ban on blood donations by gay men

    Lift U.S. ban on blood donations by gay men

    The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical...
    The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Breast cancer is a devastating disease for women to battle, but it also takes a toll on their family. Many times, breast cancer patients lean on their husbands for support.

A little over two years ago Dr. Ed Masters had to break the terrible news to his wife, Jackie she had breast cancer. She was out of town when the results came in and he had to tell her on the phone. Since then she's been depending on her husband for support.

"I never really thought of having something happen to us as a unit, it was almost unthinkable," Dr. Masters says.

The unthinkable happened in April of 2000 when Dr. Masters found out his wife Jackie had breast cancer. Doctors found the cancerous tumor during a routine mammogram. Dr. Masters says, "I'm a physician, I'm used to being on the other side of the stethoscope. I would like to think I'm empathetic, but being there and it personally affecting you is a different world."

Jackie says, "His support was absolutely crucial to my healing process." A healing process that involved a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, all of that caused a lot of pain and fatigue. "He became my biggest cheerleader," Jackie says. "He was constantly telling me I could go through it and everything was going to be fine."

And everything is fine. Jackie hasn't had any reoccurences, and is happy to say she feels great. Now, she and her husband are focused on celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary with their four children. "Probably the greatest gift or blessing that a father could have would be to have a wife that's wonderful to their children," Dr. Masters says. "I think if you were to ask our children who's the best mother they would unanimously say Jackie."

The Masters can't stress enough that early detection is key. They want to encourage all women to do monthly self exams and to get yearly mammograms.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.