From Doctor to Patient, An Oncologist's Journey with Breast Cancer

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A patient has a breast ultrasound, on October 9, 2017 at the Paoli-Calmette institute, a fight against cancer regional centre. (Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)

"You have cancer" are terrifying words for anyone to hear, as UCSF oncologist Pamela Munster knows well, having delivered that news to her patients for years. But then, at the age of 48, on a phone call she thought was about a patient, Munster was told there were "irregularities" in her mammogram. Munster's new memoir "Twisting Fate" describes her journey from doctor and caregiver to patient and cancer survivor. Dr. Munster joins Forum to discuss life on both sides of a cancer diagnosis.


Pamela Munster, professor of medicine, University of California San Francisco; author "Twisting Fate: My journey with BCRA--from Breast Cancer Doctor to Patient and Back"