Your Decision, Not Your Doctor's

In years gone by, doctors were regarded as gods. They knew all, were not to be questioned and patients should obey unquestioningly. Those days are gone. Patients are empowered. They learn about their conditions, they question their doctors, and they make their own decisions. They may rely on their doctor's advice but clearly make their decisions.However, a recent study (because we always need more damn studies) found thatdoctor preferences for surgery type greatly influenced patient choice in early stage breast cancer surgery." Researchers surveyed more than 3,300 women with early stage breast cancer and 349 surgeons who treated them. About 16 percent of the patients had both breasts removed.Only 4 percent of those whose surgeons heavily favored breast-saving surgery and were most reluctant to remove both breasts had the procedure. That compared to 34 percent of patients whose surgeons were most willing to do the surgery, the study found." That difference is huge. Even for a procedure that is very patient-driven, we see that surgeons account for a lot of the variability in the community and those surgeon attitudes really matter in terms of whether a patient does or does not get CPM, " said study senior author and professor of medicine Dr. Steven Katz in a University of Michigan news release. "If the reasons given for a bilateral mastectomy are given as "patient peace of mind, avoiding conflict and improved cosmetic outcome ", then why are the res...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: being a patient breast cancer treatment surgery uncertainty with doctors Source Type: blogs

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ConclusionOverall, these guidelines provide consistent recommendations on who should receive breast reconstruction education, who is a candidate for postmastectomy breast reconstruction, and the appropriate timing of reconstruction and extent of mastectomy. Future updates from all should focus on expanding to include alloplastic and autologous forms of reconstruction and should include a broad scope of relevant questions.
Source: European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO) - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Conditions:   Breast Cancer;   Mastectomy; Lymphedema;   Pain, Shoulder;   Mobility Limitation Interventions:   Other: Myofascial Massage;   Other: Light Touch Sponsor:   MetroHealth Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
AbstractPurposeAxillary treatment strategies for the young woman with early-stage, clinically node-negative breast cancer undergoing upfront surgery found to have 1 –3 positive sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) differ significantly after BCT and mastectomy. Here we compare axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and regional nodal irradiation (NRI) rates between women electing breast-conservation therapy (BCT) versus mastectomy.MethodsFrom 2010 to 2016, women age  
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeTo estimate the performance of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for breast cancer detection.MethodsConsecutive breast magnetic resonance imaging examinations performed from January to September 2016 were retrospectively evaluated. Examinations performed before/after neoadjuvant therapy, lacking DWI sequences or reference standard were excluded; breasts after mastectomy were also excluded. Two experienced breast radiologists (R1, R2) independently evaluated only DWI. Final pathology or  >  1-year follow-up served as reference standard. Mc Nemar, χ2, and κ statistics were applied.Res...
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionsImmediate latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction in selected patients with isolated breast tumor recurrence, which occurred after breast irradiation, provides an effective treatment with a satisfactory outcome.
Source: European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO) - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Objective: To evaluate a web-based breast reconstruction decision aid, BREASTChoice. Summary and Background Data: Although postmastectomy breast reconstruction can restore quality of life and body image, its morbidity remains substantial. Many patients lack adequate knowledge to make informed choices. Decisions are often discordant with patients’ preferences. Methods: Adult women with stages 0–III breast cancer considering postmastectomy breast reconstruction with no previous reconstruction were randomized to BREASTChoice or enhanced usual care (EUC). Results: Three hundred seventy-six patients were ...
Source: Annals of Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS Source Type: research
ConclusionWe did not detect any inferiority of PRT/PRCT compared to a healthy reference group with no hints of a detrimental long-term effect on general and breast-specific quality of life.
Source: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: BCS is a safe alternative to TM in Latin-American patients with early-stage TNBC. PMID: 31903977 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Breast Disease - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Breast Dis Source Type: research
A 72-year-old woman had undergone a right mastectomy for breast cancer 3 years earlier. PET/CT revealed a tumor with bony destruction of the skull base and FDG accumulation (SUVmax, 7.86). MRI showed the well-circumscribed tumor in the sphenoid sinus. The possibility of bone metastasis could not be denied. Tumor removal surgery was performed; the tumor was separate from the normal pituitary gland, and an ACTH-producing ectopic pituitary adenoma was diagnosed pathologically.
Source: Clinical Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Interesting Images Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The conversion rate from mastectomy to BCT-eligible was more than 50% after dual target therapy, which was slightly higher than single target agent. However the actual BCT rate was not significantly increased, and more than half of the BCT-eligible patients opted for mastectomy. PMID: 31916189 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Breast Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Breast Cancer Source Type: research
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