Elizabeth Edwards has Breast Cancer Alert
Medical Authors and Editors: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. and Frederick Hecht, M.D.
November 5, 2004 -- This week has not been a good one for the Edwards family. As if losing the election were not enough, Elizabeth Edwards, 55, also has learned she has invasive breast cancer. Mrs. Edwards' husband John was the Democratic vice-presidential candidate.
Mrs. and Sen. Edwards went directly to the Massachusetts General Hospital from John Kerry's and Mr. Edwards's concession speeches in Boston to see a specialist who confirmed the diagnosis through a needle biopsy. The biopsy disclosed that the cancer was a ductal carcinoma and was "invasive." The tumor is no longer confined within the duct but has broken through the duct wall and begun to invade surrounding breast tissue.