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Breast Cancer Surgery: Decision Making Process

Posted Oct 28 2009 12:00am
A new study explored the thought process of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and faced with making a breast cancer surgery decision.  Previous studies that have looked at this decision-making process have done so at a date often well past the surgical procedure.  This current study allowed women to discuss their thoughts about breast cancer surgery between the time of diagnosis and the breast cancer surgery itself.

Some of the findings included:
  • Treatment decisions were typically made by women before the actual surgical consultation.
  • Breast cancer information provided to the patients were generally looked at before the breast cancer surgery consultation or after their breast cancer surgery had already been done.
  • The women in the study generally felt that having breast cancer surgery options resulted in better surgical results and resulting future survival.
  • The breast cancer patients felt that they needed the breast cancer surgery information presented in a controlled fashion in order to prevent becoming overwhelmed with it.
  • The breast cancer patients were surprised to discover that the surgeons would NOT make a definitive recommendation, but that the final breast cancer surgery decision was their own to make.
Knowing what other women face when making such an important decision can be vital to other women who might have to go through the same process at some point in their lives.  It can be comforting for all of us to know that we are not alone in our thoughts and questions regarding certain situations in which we might find ourselves.  This is an aspect of breast cancer awareness that many of us do not think much about, but can be important in reducing the stress of breast cancer patients facing a potentially life-altering situation.  You can read more details about this study in the press release that came out with it.

Another aspect of breast cancer awareness is learning ways to reduce your own personal breast cancer risk.  To find out more read my book Fight Now: Eat & Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer at
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