Breast Cancer Patient Opens Up About Alleged Malpractice in Surgery

In early October, I went on the Today Show with Kim Bowles, the woman I profiled in my investigation on sexism in breast cancer care. We spoke to the importance of women’s autonomy in health care decision-making. The bulk of the segment is Kim’s story, but I show up in minute 6.5 to lay down some stats.


Finding Strength After Fighting Breast Cancer

Health Magazine ran an excerpt of FLAT in the October 2018 issue. This meant a lot to me because my first bona fide magazine journalism job was as a special projects researcher for Health Magazine back in 1997 when the magazine was based in San Francisco, California.


Pink Is Not Her Color

For the science-writing blog, Last Word On Nothing, I went full-on feminist in this Q&A with Christie Acshwanden, a kick-ass science writer: “To be clear, I’m not anti-reconstruction; I’m pro-information. To step into the role of a fully educated health care consumer, a breast cancer patient first needs to be informed of the pros and cons of each option. Unless physicians check their sexism at the door, they won’t be able to fully inform breast cancer patients about the surgical options.”


FLAT Tackles Heteronormativity in Breast Cancer Treatment

For I spoke with Jocelyn Macdonald about the lack of queer representation in cancer memoir and the dearth of feminist discourse in breast cancer care. “It was the cognitive dissonance between these two worlds – the queer community’s radical body acceptance and the breast cancer community’s policing of cis-het femininity – that gave rise to my book.”


Why I chose to “go flat” after my Mastectomy

Thanks Beth Greenfield at Yahoo!Lifestyle for excerpting “FLAT: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer.” I love talking with health journalists who really get me and understand the importance of giving breast cancer patients the best (most complete) information possible to make good health care decisions.


Reclaiming My Body

Cancer Health, a new quarterly magazine, featured an excerpt from FLAT in its Fall issue. If you want to read a free preview FLAT, this is a great way to do it! “Journalist Catherine Guthrie recounts her experience navigating two bouts of breast cancer and cultural expectations of femininity.”


I Didn’t Need a Double Mastectomy to Save My Life. But I Did It Anyway published my personal essay back in 2014 when I was still drafting FLAT. I’m thankful to my editor at Slate for seeing the value in talking about flat as a valid choice for breast cancer patients at a time when doctors were wringing their hands about the number of women choosing double mastectomies.