Friday, December 21, 2007

Frozen Pea Friday - Discussing Reconstructive Surgery

During my drive to work this morning, CBS Radio News mentioned a story that has been covered in other places, such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Only a third of breast cancer patients get to discuss their breast reconstruction options with their general cancer surgeon before the tumor is removed, new research finds.

In the study, more than 70 percent of general surgeons who removed the cancer did not talk over options for reconstruction -- which is typically done by a plastic surgeon -- before the woman underwent cancer surgery.

"It's disappointing," said lead researcher Dr. Amy K. Alderman, assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

These discussions do matter: Women who discussed their options for reconstructing the breast beforehand with their physician were four times more likely to have a mastectomy (versus lumpectomy) compared to those who did not talk about the option, the researchers noted.

Th findings were published online Dec. 21 in Cancer and were expected to be published in the journal's Feb. 1 print edition.

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