QOL After Types of Surgical Procedures

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.

Cancer Online

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