This Life: Life after breast cancer

With screening and a better treatment regime in place, women are coming round to the idea that breast cancer is not a death sentence, writes Fiona Kelly.

5th May, 2012
Anne Chambers: 'We sadly only ever hear of the women who don't make it'.

"By the time a woman turns up here in my office, I know she is going to die."

As a student of journalism 15 years ago in Ireland, I was shocked by these barren words spoken by a doctor treating breast cancer patients at Dublin's Beaumont hospital. Talking to his patients after the interview, it was difficult to meet their eye as they spoke of their hope of recovery.

But when I did, the eyes conveyed...

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