Unilateral Breast Cancer Patients Happy with Double Mastectomy Decision, According to Study

Unilateral Breast Cancer Patients Happy with Double Mastectomy Decision, According to Study
shutterstock_200784821More than 8% of women who decide to remove their healthy breast when suffering from breast cancer remain satisfied with their decision 10 to 20 years after the procedure, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, led by Dr. Judy Boughey, a breast surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. Elective double mastectomy is a patient's choice, and 70% of women who decide to do it don't have a family history of breast cancer or a positive genetic test for the risk genes. Patients who suffer from unilateral breast cancer need  to decide whether to undergo a lumpectomy and radiation, removing one or both breasts, or to undergo a breast reconstruction procedure after the mastectomy. The results of this study demonstrate that after 10 years of the procedure, 8% of the women reported satisfaction about the decision and 84% said they would make the same choice. From these women, two thirds decided to undergo breast reconstruction and 73% said that they would decide the same way about a second procedure. The researchers conducted the same questionnaire 20 years after the procedures and demonstrated that 92% of the women continued to be satisfied about their choices. The researchers found it particularly interesting that while the majority of women were happy about th
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