Maisonneuve - “Worth the Risk” by Alison Motluk
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The article traces the plight of Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, whose wife – Dr. Amy Reed – underwent a laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure to remove uterine fibroids. One week post-surgery, Reed received a call informing her that the excised fibroid tissue had tested positive for a rare cancer called leiomyosarcoma (LMS). Rather than the cancer being removed in one piece, with healthy margins, the laparoscopic surgery was assisted by a power morcellator; essentially, the hidden cancer had been ground up and splattered inside of Reed’s abdominal cavity. Noorchashm urgently began damage control, quickly launching a Change.org petition; his petition urged the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) to ban morcellation.
Motluk’s captivating article – winning gold in the category of Health and Science at the 2016 National Magazine Awards – is available to download, for free, from the NMA archives.