When a breast cancer expert gets breast cancer

An interview with Harvard breast cancer surgeon Dr. Carolyn Kaelin

Breast cancer is unique for every woman who experiences it. But every survivor's story offers hard-won knowledge that may help others grappling with a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Harvard Medical School's Carolyn Kaelin, M.D., M.P.H., is a breast cancer surgeon and director of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Comprehensive Breast Health Center in Boston. A wife and mother of two children, Dr. Kaelin was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2003 at age 42. Below, she shares her unique perspective as both breast cancer expert and patient.

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