ABSTRACT: Quality of life after breast carcinoma surgery: A comparison of three surgical procedures
BACKGROUND: Because breast-conserving surgery (BCS), mastectomy
alone, and mastectomy with reconstruction are equally effective
for the treatment of early stage breast carcinoma, women's choice
among them often focuses on quality-of-life (QOL) issues.
Information regarding QOL after these surgical treatments could
help women with this decision.
CONCLUSIONS: Aspects of QOL other than body image are not better
in women who undergo BCS or mastectomy with reconstruction than in
women who have mastectomy alone. In fact, mastectomy with reconstruction
is associated with greater mood disturbance and poorer well-being.
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