About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Surgeons Impact Whether a Woman Gets Breast Reconstruction

by VR Sreeraman on September 4, 2010 at 6:14 PM
Font : A-A+

 Surgeons Impact Whether a Woman Gets Breast Reconstruction

When breast cancer surgeons regularly confer with plastic surgeons prior to surgery, their patients are more likely to have reconstruction, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Where a woman goes for breast cancer treatment can vary widely - ranging from small private practices to large hospital settings. That choice can impact the type of care a woman receives when it comes to reconstruction.

Advertisement


"Breast reconstruction is a very complex treatment issue that requires a lot of discussion. Our results suggest that discussion can be quite different depending on where a patient gets initial treatment," says lead study author Steven J. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School and of health management and policy at the U-M School of Public Health.

"Patients with similar characteristics or preferences may get a different story from different surgeons - and this depends largely on whether a plastic surgeon is on the treatment decision team from the get-go. Plastic surgeons are the ones with the expertise to explain the increasingly complicated procedure options," Katz adds.
Advertisement

Results of the study appear online in the journal Medical Care and will be published in the October issue.

Researchers from the Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team, a multidisciplinary collaboration among five centers across the country, surveyed breast cancer patients and their surgeons about treatment choices.

They found that use of mastectomy over breast-conserving lumpectomy varied little by surgeon. Primarily, women who were not eligible for lumpectomy or who preferred mastectomy received the more aggressive surgery. This supports previous research by the CanSORT team that shows surgeons generally are consistent in their approach to mastectomy use.

Reconstruction is another story. About one-third of women who undergo mastectomy go on to have breast reconstruction. While there are multiple reasons why a woman might not have reconstruction, this study found that 31 percent of the variation could be attributed solely to how often the patient's surgeon talked to a plastic surgeon prior to initial surgery.

"This is a deeply intimate and important decision that women have to make. It should be made with the right information about reconstruction options in consultation with a plastic surgeon involved up front in the treatment planning," says Katz, co-director of the socio-behavioral program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"Patients should be particularly attentive to engaging their surgeons on the first visit about this important treatment option."

Source: Newswise
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
Anemia among Indian Women and Children Remains a Cause of Concern- National Family Health Survey-5
H1N1 Influenza Prevention in Children: What Parents Need to Know
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Mastitis Breast Augmentation Breasts - Structures and Types Breast Lumps Breast Lumps-Screening Breast Enhancement Oil 

Most Popular on Medindia

Color Blindness Calculator Drug Interaction Checker Accident and Trauma Care Find a Hospital Selfie Addiction Calculator Drug Side Effects Calculator Indian Medical Journals Iron Intake Calculator Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Blood Donation - Recipients
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
ASK A DOCTOR ONLINE

×

Surgeons Impact Whether a Woman Gets Breast Reconstruction Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests