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Women facing prophylactic mastectomy need more advice and support

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:731
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    More counselling, increased support, and better information are needed by women making decisions about prophylactic mastectomy.

    Women who go ahead with surgery are not prepared for the level of postoperative incapacity, and after surgery most women experience pain or discomfort for between 10 days and six months, say the authors of a new study (Breast 2003;12:1-9).

    The study, designed to explore the attitudes and beliefs of women at high risk of developing breast cancer who had either accepted or declined bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, was based on interviews with 60 women who opted for mastectomy and 20 women who declined.

    The authors of the study, …

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