Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Laurie Becklund: a reporter until the end

To the editor: It is with great sadness and admiration that I read former Times journalist Laurie Becklund's posthumous op-ed article on dealing with metastatic breast cancer. She was brave to tell all that the emperor had no clothes. ("As I lay dying," op-ed, Feb. 20) As a breast cancer specialist, I am amazed how women are misled about breast cancer. They are misinformed and, in many cases, inappropriately treated by physicians who do not follow established guidelines. I feel her frustrations when I am not given the opportunity to use a drug that might work for a single patient because the "establishment" has decided based on trials, many poorly run, that the...