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Thu November 14, 2013

Pre-Double Mastectomy Dance Party Inspires

Dr. Deborah Cohan recently had a double mastectomy. But moments before, in the operating room, the mother of two turned up Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied,” and she and the entire masked and scrubbed surgical team danced.

On her Caring Bridge page, where people can keep up with her recovery, Cohan asked other patients to do the same — and record it — so she could watch them. And they did, from doctors at San Francisco General Hospital to a family in Connecticut.

We hope to talk to Dr. Cohan when she’s recovered. Her family reports that she’s already done some walking.

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Transcript

ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

Well, before we take a break, we had a thought for "Good Morning America" correspondent Amy Robach. Six weeks ago, Amy was asked to have an on-air mammogram, one of those health segments that are a weird mix of ratings grabber and life saver. Amy is 40. Her doctor had been pushing her to get a mammogram, but she didn't want to. No family history of breast cancer. And she didn't want to do the TV segment, however discreet it might be.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GOOD MORNING AMERICA")

AMY ROBACH: And I started thinking, wow, if I've put it off, how many other people have put it off as well? I went in to see Robin Roberts. And she said, you know what, Amy, if one life is saved because of early detection, it's all worth it.

YOUNG: Robin Roberts, of course, the host of GMA, who battled cancer herself, and it turns out the one life already saved is Amy's. This week, she made the stunning announcement.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GOOD MORNING AMERICA")

ROBACH: Finally, the diagnosis that's still hard for me to say out loud, I have breast cancer.

YOUNG: Well, now, Amy Robach has decided to have a double mastectomy, which brings us to the one thing we can offer in addition to our best wishes, have you seen the YouTube video of Dr. Deborah Cohen?

Dr. Cohen recently had a double mastectomy at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center at Mount Zion. But moments before, in the operating room, this OB/GYN mother of two turned up Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied" and along with the entire mask and scrub surgical team, she danced. Oh, did she dance.

(SOUNDBITE OF YOUTUBE VIDEO)

YOUNG: On her CaringBridge page, where people can keep up with her recovery, Dr. Cohen asked her friends and family to do the same and record it so she could watch them. And they did. From doctors at San Francisco General Hospital, to a family in Connecticut. We hoped to talk to Dr. Cohen when she's recovered. Her family reports she's already done some walking. In the meantime, everybody else, because we can, let's dance.

(SOUNDBITE OF YOUTUBE VIDEO)

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