September 25, 2014 Sailing

Sailing into Surgery

Tricia Cottrell is a newly minted pathologist doing her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. While sailing the York with her husband Steven Handy, she said, “We have to communicate closely with surgeons because their first question when removing a tumor is, ‘Did I get it all?’ If a patient has a lump, she obviously wants to know if it’s cancer. But it may present as immature, and we just can’t tell. We can narrow it down, but sometimes it’s tough to diagnose. That’s very difficult for patients. What surprised me is how many young people in their 40s die from colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.”


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