Breast reconstruction in bilateral prophylactic mastectomy patients: Factors that influence decision making
Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, 05/31/2012Nelson JA et al.
Multiple factors influence decision making in BPM and reconstruction, with the ultimate choice in reconstruction involving tissue availability, appearance of implant reconstructions, total amount of surgery required, and extent of visible scars. Patients were strongly influenced by their physicians, and less so by non–traditional means.
The authors conducted a survey study, enrolling patients who elected BPM and reconstruction.
Participants were mailed structured questionnaires utilizing validated and study specific tools addressing: demographics, treatment decisions, autonomy, decision making and information seeking preferences, and breast cancer treatment knowledge.
Analysis was performed overall and by reconstruction.
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