COLLIN FAMILY COLLECTION
Collin, who has defeated male breast cancer, enjoys time with wife, Jeanne,
after retiring from Hematology-Oncology Associates of the Treasure Coast.
Treasure Coast Medical Report
“The doctor in me said, ‘Whoa! This is a problem,’ ” Collin
recalled. “My first initial thought was, ‘Darn, I’m not making
it to 90. Two, I’m putting this on a 24-hour rolodex. I cannot
deal with this now.’ ”
Initially, the doctor convinced himself that it wasn’t something
to be concerned about, since the nodule was small.
But the doctor in him took the upper hand. He consulted Dr.
Adam Kurtin, a surgeon in St. Lucie County. He advised Collin
to get an ultrasound and possibly a biopsy, if there seemed
to be a problem.
An ultrasound showed a nodule with a large fleck of calcium
nearby. Collin knew that calcium near the nodule could
indicate inflammation and irritation instead of a malignancy.
To be sure, Kurtin took a biopsy.
SUDDEN PREMONITION CONFIRMED
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, was the next day, and
Collin and his wife, Jeanne, attended a traditional celebration
hosted by friends. During dinner, a man the doctor had never
met congratulated him on his recent retirement and thanked
him for giving good medical care to one of his friends. Then
he shared some news with the doctor that seemed foreboding
in light of Collin’s existing health situation.
“He said, ‘I want to tell you that next week I’m celebrating
my fifth-year anniversary — free of disease from male breast
cancer,’ ” Collin recalled.
Although the doctor had yet to learn the results of his
biopsy, he inexplicably felt that his fate was sealed.
“We’re still shaking hands, and I said, ‘I have male breast
He instructed the man not to share his anticipated condi- >>
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