“Girls cannot make an knowledgeable alternative if they don’t seem to be given the entire selections,” Guthrie mentioned.
It is essential for sufferers to really feel linked to their suppliers, mentioned Susan Brown, senior director of well being info and publications for Susan G. Komen. If somebody seems like she needs to think about going flat and isn’t getting assist from her surgeons, it could be time for a second opinion, Brown mentioned.
“One of many first issues that stood out [about the study] was how essential info is to sufferers earlier than they attempt to decide or earlier than they’re confronted with a choice,” Brown mentioned. “The second is how essential doctor assist is for acknowledging, understanding and actually respecting a affected person’s needs in order that the supplier or the affected person can companion in making selections as a result of it appears like when that occurs, then sufferers are extra happy with the choice that they’ve finally made.”
Mastectomies have been rising in recent times for quite a lot of causes, Brown mentioned. Not having reconstruction is not new, however it is not at all times one thing that is been mentioned as brazenly, she mentioned.
Sufferers who’re exploring their choices can name the 1-877-Go-Komen helpline, she urged.
“Sufferers who’re actually exploring this as an possibility and need to simply bounce some concepts off of somebody and get some assist for what they’re fascinated by and to get slightly assist for getting that second opinion, they might actually attain out to our Komen breast most cancers helpline for that type of info,” Brown mentioned.
The research was printed on-line just lately within the Annals of Surgical Oncology. Attai is now working with surgeons and affected person advocates to develop a brand new survey device.
“After which we’ve got a number of instructions to go, considered one of which is making use of this to a broader affected person inhabitants,” Attai mentioned. “The opposite is taking a look at our surgical training, ensuring that our common surgeons and those that are doing a breast surgical oncology fellowship, that they are getting skilled in flat closure.”
The American Most cancers Society has extra on alternatives to breast reconstruction.
SOURCES: Deanna Attai, MD, affiliate scientific professor, surgical procedure, David Geffen Faculty of Medication, College of California, Los Angeles; Susan Brown, MS, RN, senior director, well being info and publications, Susan G. Komen, Dallas; Catherine Guthrie, most cancers survivor, Somerville, Mass.; Annals of Surgical Oncology, Jan. 3, 2021, on-line