With surgeries delayed, patients wait with anxiety — some in pain — as hospitals make way for coronavirus cases

SEATTLE — In December, Christine Rayburn detected a painful lump in her right breast that biopsies would later show included two different types of cancer. One had invaded her lymph nodes.Rayburn and her doctors settled on a plan. First, surgery to remove the tumor was scheduled for March 20 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Then, chemotherapy.Two days before the operation, Rayburn got disturbing news from her surgeon. The procedure had been postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus.“I actually burst into tears and started crying,” Rayburn said. “I really wanted that cancer out...


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