One of every two women with early-stage breast cancer now consider removing both breasts, even though they only have cancer in one, according to a new University of Michigan study. This option has soared upwards from 3.9% in 2002, it said.
Detroit breast cancer survivor, Dr. Linda Johnson, is shown here with the “On-Q Pain Relief System, which she used to reduce post-operative pain after breast reconstruction. It is a non-narcotic system. “This is a little pump about the size of a small can of soup that contains pain reliever that comes into your system automatically for a few days after surgery,’’ says Johnson, a retired school principal. “The pump goes to a tiny plastic tube that the surgeon installs in your chest. This little dickens really worked!! All I had to do was to carry it around in the little nylon bag shown in the picture. By day I used it like a shoulder bag and at night I just kept it beside me in the bed. The doc will take out the 4 or 5 inches of tubing that went into my body when I go for my check up next week. Easy breezy, it gives a constant stream of pain relief, and doesn’t involve pills.” For details: http://www.myon-q.com/why-on-q.aspx
Clearing up what they call a gray area, three leading cancer organizations have clarified which women benefit from radiation after mastectomy.
Important new recommendations against growing double mastectomy trend
As double mastectomy rates rise, some doctors and medical centers have developed a coordinated program where specialists help women understand that a double mastectomy gives a woman no greater chance she’ll live longer.
American women increasing choose to have a double mastectomy, even when they only have cancer in one breast, according to research from a reputable team that calls for improved guidelines.
More evidence that a woman’s breast surgeon and her hospital most heavily influence mastectomy decisions by older women. These hospital and physician practice patterns are common throughout the U.S., we found in reporting for “Breast Cancer Surgery & Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,” coming June 16 from Rowman & Littlefield onAmazon.com, and some Barnes & Noble and other select bookstores.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a leading U.S. health research group, found that double mastectomy continues to rise among women, even when they only have cancer in one breast. A related analysis below of the research in JAMA explores what’s behind the trend and raises the question of whether doctors encourage double mastectomy by telling women their breasts will match better after a double mastectomy. “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,” to be published June 16 by Rowman & Littlefield, explores how many women choose to live, without remorse, with unmatched breasts. The book also explores hospital and doctor referral practices that influence breast reconstruction.
After more than two decades of public awareness about the benefits of lumpectomy and radiation for most breast cancer, women continue to get double mastectomies, even when they only have cancer in one breast. Here’s a large study that followed a trend that continues today. http://journals.lww.com/annalsofsurgery/Abstract/publishahead/Growing_Use_of_Contralateral_Prophylactic.97018.aspx
Undergoing a preventive double mastectomy does not improve a woman’s overall sense of well-being, though breast reconstruction did boost a woman’s satisfaction with her body, as well as improve her sex life, a study says. Mastectomy outcomes, particularly long-term ones, are the focus of a University of Michigan study we are following, with new research to be published this year.